State Of The Bills: April 26th, 2022

April 26, 2022
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We are inching closer to the 2022 NFL draft beginning. The Buffalo Bills will likely be on the clock with the 25th selection of the first round at roughly 11:00 PM EST on Thursday, April 28th, barring any trade up or down in the draft.

The Buffalo Bills started the first phase of offseason workouts this past week. While the workouts were voluntary, many Bills were in attendance, including Josh Allen.

The only notable absence from voluntary workouts was Jordan Poyer. Poyer is looking for a new contract as he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. This negotiation between Poyer and Buffalo could be interesting as Poyer just turned 31 years old yesterday.

Rumors

The Buffalo Bills are days away from adding a new group of rookies to the team. While Buffalo really likes to keep any inside information internal, Chris Simms said that the Bills have a “love affair” with Breece Hall. Hall, a running back from Iowa State, is the consensus top running back in the draft. Hall could be selected anywhere from the middle of the first round to the middle of the second round.

The list of players who have visited the Bills before the draft on a top-30 visit has grown by just two over this past week. Christian Harris and Spencer Burford are the only additions to last week’s list.

  • LB Christian Harris, Alabama
  • LB Chad Muma, Wyoming
  • WR John Metchie, Alabama
  • OL Spencer Burford, UTSA
  • OG Dylan Parham, Memphis
  • OL Sean Rhyan, UCLA
  • OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State
  • LB Brandon Smith, Penn State
  • RB Breece Hall, Iowa State
  • TE James Mitchell, Virginia Tech
  • CB Andrew Booth Jr, Clemson
  • CB Martin Emerson, Mississippi State
  • RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
  • RB James Cook, Georgia
  • TE Jalen Wydermyer, Texas A&M
  • TE Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
  • S Lewis Cine, Georgia
  • S Nick Cross, Maryland

It is tough to speculate what the Bills will do based on the prospects they have brought in because there are several more prospects that they have had informal visits with at the Combine and the Senior Bowl.

Regardless, from this list, we can infer the Bills are likely looking for running backs. They almost had J.D. Mckissic signed to a pretty solid contract just days into the legal tampering period before he switched course and decided to return to Washington. Adding to the running back room is to take the pressure off Josh Allen, needing to be as valuable as a runner, and keep him healthy. However, the fact that they met with Breece Hall and other running backs confirm their interest in adding at least someone to the running back room.

Transactions

The Bills picked up Defensive Tackle Ed Oliver’s 5th-year option for next season. Picking up Oliver’s option was something Brandon Beane has said the Bills will do but now it is official. The Bills had until May 2nd to pick up the option and do so with roughly a week to spare. The option will pay Oliver $10.7 million in guaranteed money next season.

The Bills also added to their Offensive line by signing former Tennesee Titan David Quessenberry to a one-year deal. For more on the Quessenberry signing click here.

Bills In Other News

There was a little more Buffalo Bills stadium drama in the news as Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz said in a press conference that he was unaware of the Erie County’s 2016 survey of the Bills stadium and its condition. The condition survey showed that the stadium’s upper deck would need to be replaced in the coming years.

This debacle is what led to the limited options for both the Bills and Erie County when it came to the This debacle led to the limited options for both the Bills and Erie County when it came to the project for a new Bills stadium. Poloncarz also added in a press conference that he was never worried about Austin, Texas, as a potential city of relocation for the Bills. He continued saying that the three cities he was concerned about were San Diego, Orlando, and San Antonio.

Luckily the Bills and Erie County were able to make a deal and the Bills should be staying in Western New York for decades to come. For more on all this controversy about the stadium, check out this article by Tim Graham of the Athletic.