State Of The Bills: April 4th, 2022

April 4, 2022
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The Buffalo Bills are halfway between the beginning of free agency and the NFL Draft. The roster turnover through free agency has been the most significant since Brandon Beane signed a couple of wide receivers in Cole Beasley and John Brown in 2019.

The Bills are likely done with any significant free agency moves as they have essentially run out of money. The Bills need to create more cap space to sign their draft picks. Here is an excellent breakdown of how draft picks will calculate into the salary cap.

Bills currently have $1.2 million in cap space, meaning that they will have to create around $800,000 in cap space to sign their picks. This likely spells the end of any free-agent additions unless some more contract extensions or restructures that Brandon Beane has up his sleeve.


Rumors

The Bills were among teams interested in veteran cornerback Stephon Gilmore included in a report by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. The Bills were included with the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles.

A reunion of Gilmore and the Bills, who picked him tenth overall in the 2012 NFL draft, is unlikely, considering the Bills have nearly no cap space left. Despite being over 30, Gilmore is unlikely to settle for anything close to a minimum deal, which is the only thing Buffalo could offer without pushing significant money down the road.

There have been rumors flying around Twitter in the NFL that the Bills may be looking to move up in the first draft round. Zig Fracassi, host of NFL Radio on SiriusXM, seemed to be the first to report and included that Buffalo would be willing to move a veteran to move up.

Not really any rumors on the Stefon Diggs contract extension front, but Brandon Beane had this to say at the annual league meetings in Palm Beach, Florida.

It is hard to imagine a world where this contract extension does not get done. I would not be surprised if the Bills and Stefon Diggs do not agree on anything before the 2022 season. Diggs has two years left on his deal, so there is another offseason where negotiations could occur.


Buffalo Bills Transactions

Buffalo Bills matched the Bears’ offer for Restricted Free Agent Guard Ryan Bates. He will be returning to Buffalo on a four-year deal. Per Overthecap, Bates’ contract has an 8.85 Million Dollars Guaranteed. However, those Guarantees come primarily in the first two seasons. This leaves Bates with minimal dead cap hits on the latter two years of his deal.

Bates will likely come back straight into the starting lineup, solidifying the starting five linemen for the Bills. From LT to RT, the offensive line should lineup Dion Dawkins, Roger Saffold, Mitch Morse, Ryan Bates, and Spencer Brown.

Buffalo Bills resigned Guard Ike Boettger to a one-year contract. Boettger will be unavailable by training camp because of a Torn Achilles suffered against the Patriots in Week 16. He will be valuable depth for Buffalo who recently released guards Jon Feliciano and Daryl Williams.

Buffalo Bills resigned Special Teams Ace Taiwan Jones to a one-year deal coming back to Buffalo for his third consecutive season, fifth for the Bills, and 12th in his career. Jones is primarily a special teams player and was a team captain this past season.

The Buffalo Bills cut Christian Wade. Wade was a part of the International Player Pathway Program for two years as a roster exemption. Wade came to Buffalo after being a star rugby player in England. Bills fans may remember his 65-yard touchdown on his first-ever NFL touch against the Indianapolis Colts in the preseason. This past season he was on Injured Reserve with a shoulder injury.


In Other News

The Buffalo Bills’ deal for a stadium was announced this past week. Even though not finalized, there is considerable excitement around the league for Buffalo to get a new stadium. The stadium will use $850 Million of Public Funding, which will come from a combination of New York State and Erie County. Public money will account for 61% of the new stadium. The 11th highest % of public funds used for an NFL Stadium since 1998.

Former Buffalo Bills third-round pick Alex Carrington was charged with DWI and gun possession in Lockport as reported by WIVB-TV. Carrington holds the franchise record for most blocked kicks in one year after blocking three field goals and one extra point in 2012. Carrington spent five of his six NFL seasons with the Bills in two separate stints, making seven starts.

Former Bills player Dean Marlowe was signed by the Atlanta Falcons to a one-year deal after leaving the Buffalo last spring for the Detroit Lions. For three seasons, Marlowe was the backup to safety tandem Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer and made seven starts in 26 appearances.