Buffalo Bills Match Offer Sheet For Starter
The Buffalo Bills roster is just about settled, other than rookies who will be drafted and undrafted free agents who will fill out the roster this summer.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane has been extremely busy the past two or three weeks, signing a host of new players.
The biggest name being edge rusher Von Miller, who signed a 6-year, $120 million deal a week and a half ago. Guard Rodger Saffold, wide receiver Jamison Crowder, tight end O.J. Howard, defensive tackle Tim Settle, defensive tackle Daquan Jones and defensive end Jordan Phillips being some of the other additions.
The Bills have officially retained another player, who figures to play an important role on the offensive line over the next few seasons.
The Bills have officially matched the Chicago Bears offer sheet for guard Ryan Bates.
The deal was for four years at $17 million; $8.8 million guaranteed.
The money is worthy for someone who is considered a very good young guard in the NFL. It will force the Bills to commit to Bates through the 2025 season.
Bears general manager Ryan Poles was disappointed that the Bills matches the offer sheet.
Bates was a restricted free agent and because he was given the lowest tendered offer by the Bills, he was allowed to get an offer sheet and shop his services.
The contract offer from the Bears, while not amazing money, is a sign that the league values Bates and the Bills now have their starting offensive line set for 2022.
- Dion Dawkins
- Rodger Saffold
- Mitch Morse
- Ryan Bates
- Spencer Brown
The chances of the Bills taking a cornerback or wide receiver at pick 25 in the draft is very high now. A running back like Breece Hall from Iowa State is also a possibility.