Couldn’t think of a grittier subject for my inaugural piece writing for the Buffalo Fanatics. Hi, my name is John Martinelli, and I’ll be breaking news for you Bills fans. Hopefully quicker than I am breaking this news, which broke yesterday!
Can you believe Ike Boettger started in seven games for the Bills in 2020, including all three of the Bills playoff games? The team announced Tuesday that the Iowa offensive lineman signed a one-year, $2.13 million contract for the 2021 season. Boettger, going into his fourth season (all with the Bills), was tendered as a restricted free agent last month.
The re-signing isn’t going to turn many heads, but this is yet another example of the Bills prioritizing homegrown depth players. This ahead of the NFL draft in 24 hours, where fans are wondering what the Bills think about the current group protecting Josh Allen, and how it fits into their draft strategy.
Somewhat surprisingly, this re-signing puts Ike as the third-highest base salaried offensive lineman in the group for 2021, only behind Dion Dawkins and Mitch Morse. As far as total cap hit for 2021, he stands fifth behind Dawkins, Morse, Daryl Williams and Jon Feliciano. Good money for a depth lineman who I think proved to be extremely valuable in 2020 as injuries piled up protecting Josh.
Competition is everything for McDermott and his staff. Securing Boettger, who is familiar with the culture here in Buffalo, only adds to that healthy competition on the offensive line. Look for the Bills to add another big body to compete for the privilege to block for the franchise’s crown jewel…and maybe contribute in the run game as well…if you’re into that kind of stuff.