Re-Signing Tremaine Edmunds May Have Become Harder for the Bills
All of the Buffalo Bills focus is on the Miami Dolphins this week, as they host their AFC East rival in the Wild Card round this Sunday afternoon at Highmark Stadium.
Even though the Bills players and coaches are only focusing on Miami, it's probably safe to say that the front office has started to think about off-season topics, including pending free agents.
It's common knowledge that the Bills have a few important decisions coming this February and March. Most notably, the pending unrestricted free agent, which includes safety Jordan Poyer and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
Edmunds is playing on his fifth-year option and will be unrestricted free agent in March.
The Bills will be cap tight this year and it's hard to imagine they will be able to keep both Poyer and Edmunds on long-term deals, especially considering the fact they have to sign defensive tackle Ed Oliver to a new contract in the next 13 months.
Re-signing Edmunds was already tough, but it may have just became harder today.
The Baltimore Ravens signed star linebacker Roquan Smith to a new five-year, $100 million contract extension today. He was acquired from the Chicago Bears back in October.
Edmunds is asked to do as much for his defense, as Smith is and while the Bills and Ravens play a different base defense, it's safe to say Edmunds and his agent would like comparable money and term.
The Bills have a projected cap space of negative $7 million, according to Spotrac. They also running back Devin Singletary heading to unrestricted free agency.
Edmunds' teammate and fellow starting linebacker Matt Milano, is playing on a new contract extension through the 2024 season and has a $13 million cap hit in 2023. There is an out on Milano's contract in 2023, but considering how well he has played it's difficult to imagine the Bills deciding between Milano and Edmunds like that.
Even find a way to keep one of Poyer or Edmunds will be tough. Bills fans should prepare themselves with the reality that at least one of them will not be here by the spring.