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What fans need to know about Buffalo's 2021 restricted and unrestricted free agents

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Jon Feliciano (76) and Ike Boettger (65) Buffalo Bills vs Arizona Cardinals, November 15, 2020 at State Farm Stadium. Photo by Bill Wippert

The 2021 free agency period is set to begin Monday with the legal negotiating window opening at 12 noon and free agency officially beginning when the new league year starts on Wednesday at 4 pm ET. Below is a list of the 15 Bills players scheduled to be free agents this offseason, three are restricted free agents.

Bills Restricted Free Agents

A Restricted Free Agents is a player with three accrued seasons and an expired contract. RFAs are free to negotiate and sign with any team, but their original team can offer them one of various qualifying offers ("tenders") that come with the Right of First Refusal and/or draft-pick compensation. Teams must submit qualifying offers to restricted free agents by Wed. March 17 at 4PM ET.

  • CB Levi Wallace – Wallace signed with Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2018. Has started 35 games for the Bills and during that time has 161 combined tackles, six tackles for loss, four interceptions and 20 passes defensed. In 2020, he started in all three playoff games and recorded his first career sack and forced a fumble.
  • P Corey Bojorquez – He joined the team in 2018 after a brief offseason stint in New England. In 2019, he set a franchise record for most inside-20 punts with 34. In 2020, he set two franchise records for the fewest punts in a single season with 41, and for the highest gross punting average with 50.8 yards.
  • OL Ike Boettger – He was claimed off waivers by the Bills in 2018 and has provided depth to the Bills offensive line since then. In 2020, he played a more prominent role starting in a career-high seven games and played in 12. He also started in all three of the Bills postseason games.

Any player with four or more accrued seasons and an expired contract; free to negotiate and sign with any team.

  • QB Matt Barkley – Barkley joined the Bills midway through the 2018 season and has been the backup to Josh Allen ever since. He has played in 10 games for the Bills over the past three seasons. In 2020, Barkley finished the season completing 11 of 21 passes for 197 yards with one touchdown and one interception.
  • RB Taiwan Jones – He played a big role on special teams for the Bills in 2020 and had four special teams tackles throughout the season.
  • RB T.J. Yeldon – Yeldon joined the Bills in 2019 and has played in nine games over the past two seasons. As a Bill, Yeldon has rushed for 133 yards on 27 carries and has 14 receptions for 146 yards and one receiving touchdown.
  • WR Isaiah McKenzie – The Bills signed McKenzie off of the Denver Broncos practice squad in 2018 and he has brought a lot to the team on offense and special teams. In 2020, he had career-high numbers in receptions (30), receiving yards (282), and receiving touchdowns (5). This past season, he also threw his first passing touchdown and scored his first punt return touchdown of his career.
  • WR Andre Roberts – Roberts joined the Bills as a free agent in 2018 and he has been selected to the Pro Bowl as a returner for the past three consecutive seasons. In 2020, Roberts had 961 kick return yards which is the second-most in his career for a single season. Throughout the season, Roberts return abilities set up the Bills offense in great field position and his longest kick return in 2020 was 60 yards.
  • TE Tyler Kroft – Kroft joined the Bills as a free agent in 2019 and caught 18 passes for 190 yards and four touchdowns between the two seasons with the team. In week four against the Rams, Kroft caught the game-winning touchdown with 15 seconds left.
  • OL Jon Feliciano – Feliciano joined the Bills as a free agent in 2019. After suffering a pec injury during the 2020 offseason, he missed the first seven games of the season. The offensive line got its juice back when he returned in week eight of the 2020 season and he started in the rest of the nine games of the regular season. Feliciano also started in all three playoff games for the Bills. [UPDATED - Feliciano agreed to terms on an extension on Sunday]
  • OL Ty Nsekhe – The offensive lineman joined the Bills in 2019 and started in one game that season and played in 10. In 2020, Nsekhe played in 15 games and played in all three postseason games.
  • OL Brian Winters – Winters joined the Bills in 2020 after playing on the Jets for seven seasons. He started in nine games for the Bills and played in all 16 this past season. Winters also played in all three playoff games for the Bills.
  • DE Trent Murphy – Murphy joined the Bills as a free agent in 2018. He recorded 11 sacks, one interception, 24 QB hits, two forced fumbles and 79 combined tackles during those three seasons.
  • S Dean Marlowe – Marlowe was signed to the team's practice squad during the 2017 season and 2020 was the best season of his career. He recorded 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, two QB hits and one fumble recovery – which were all career firsts for Marlowe.
  • CB Josh Norman – Norman joined the Bills in 2020 after spending his first four years in Carolina then four years in Washington. Norman played in nine games for the Bills this season and had 24 combined tackles, two tackles for loss, four passes defensed, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Norman also had one interception in week 17 against Miami that he returned 16 yards for a touchdown.
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