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Mario Addison: Re-sign or Let Walk?

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In the 2020 offseason, Mario Addison reunited with former Carolina Panthers DC Sean McDermott, signing a three year/$30M deal with the Buffalo Bills. Since then, Addison has lead the Bills in sacks in both seasons, totaling five and seven sacks (respectively). Being one of the most experienced players on the DL has helped his case for a new contract. Would GM Brandon Beane be up for it?

Addison, who’s 34, may have seen his better days as he got beat by offensive tackles a considerable amount this past season. With that, it may be better for the Bills to go with a younger, more dominant edge rusher.

Current DE Room

Under Contract:

  • Greg Rousseau
  • Carlos Basham Jr
  • A.J. Epenesa
  • Bryan Cox Jr.

Pending Free Agents:

The Bills have the young players to help compensate losing Addison, but still lack that dominant pass rusher. Pairing Rousseau with a proven vet who can get double digit sacks would put the Bills pass rush back on the map, this likely means Addison looks for a new team.

Stats

YearTacklesSacksQB HitsTFLs
202030587
202129778
Courtesy of Pro Football Reference

For the money and draft picks the Buffalo Bills have spent on the DL/pass rush the past two seasons, there should be some noticeable growth. There hasn’t been anything but glimpses of potential every few weeks. In years past, the Bills have had the motto of “quantity not quality” at the pass rush position with some of the contracts they’ve given out to players. The Bills can do much better than Addison, and they’re going to have to pay up for it this off-season if they want to see growth next year.

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