Over on the Buffalo Fanatics YouTube channel, our own Z-Bot took us through the first day of the NFL’s legal tampering period. That’s right, Free Agency is here. With a bevy of early moves, but no real blockbusters, do the Buffalo Bills have something big in the works? We’ll see soon enough but, for now, we still have plenty to look at.
Mitch Trubisky to Pittsburgh (1:40)
Tragically, Mitch Trubisky signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He’s likely the starter, considering the competition, and Trubisky can definitely elevate that offense. He’s not a top tier QB, but he’s a serviceable starter and was truly the best quarterback available. As proven by this season, the Steelers have enough talent to make the playoffs. If Mitch took anything from his season as a Buffalo Bills QB, he’ll be better in 2022 than Ben Roethlisberger was last season.
Teddy Bridgewater also went to Miami as the backup, but he could unseat Tua Tagovailoa if the Dolphins have a shot at the playoffs. It’s a tough race in the AFC right now, and if Tua is proven to not be the guy, Teddy gets his chance. He’s a reasonable QB, and able to check off the easy boxes for the Dolphins. Bridgewater may not win them many games, but he won’t cost them many either.
Buffalo’s Next Move? (16:15)
Joined by E.J. Daniels, Z-Bot posed the question: What’s the Buffalo Bills’ next move? An easy answer for Daniels. Go draft a WR. They will be needed. Jarvis Landry is a controversial candidate for free agency, but would be a contributor, regardless of how we feel about him. He’s good, but we’re still looking for longevity. By drafting a receiver early, assuming one of the better ones falls to us, we take care of a current need and a future need all at once.
Offensive Line Takes Shape (26:58)
Buffalo did a lot of reshuffling on the offensive line right out of the gate, and might even have their starting five already. Each OL move came on the interior, Buffalo’s weak point in 2021/22. They cut Jon Feliciano and Daryl Williams, two cap casualties, and tendered Ryan Bates. Mitch Morse was justifiably extended, lowering his cap hit and getting a few extra years added as a result. Consistency is key with offensive linemen, and Morse gives Josh Allen added security in a changing offense. The Buffalo Bills then signed 5x Pro-Bowler Rodger Saffold at left guard. With those moves, it’s hard to imagine anyone taking a roster spot away from this lineup.
Dawkins – Saffold – Morse – Bates – Brown
It seems as though the team has got it’s starters, but we hope they’d inject some draft capital this season to get younger and improve the longevity of the whole line. Buffalo should be very happy with the upgrades they’ve made so far. For now, Tommy Doyle and Cody Ford are still on the roster as backups.
Tim Settle Signs (32:26)
Another free agency move was the signing of Tim Settle. He has a high ceiling, but got limited opportunities on a stacked Washington defensive line. The first of two defensive line moves, Settle was a highly-graded prospect who gets the chance to step into a larger role in this defense.
Isaiah McKenzie Returns (36:25)
McKenzie can also expect to see a slightly expanded role in the offense on his new two-year deal. With a low cap hit, McKenzie still made market rate for his services and the Buffalo Bills get to “keep their fastball”. They still need longevity at the position, and that could be addressed in the draft, but having Lil’ Dirty back is good for now.
Z-Bot also breaks down the DaQuan Jones signing, and speaks on the loss of Harrison Phillips to the Vikings. He provides us with insight on his contract philosophy, and touches on the quarterback news from around the league. Then, he takes us through the state of the WR, TE, and RB positions. For this and a whole lot more, check out the full video on the Buffalo Fanatics YouTube channel!