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BC-FBN--Free Agency-Bills Capsule

March 11, 2019
By The Associated Press

BUFFALO BILLS (6-10)

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: WR Deonte Thompson, OGs Ryan Groy and John Miller, OT Jordan Mills, RB Taiwan Jones, DT Kyle Williams (retired), CB Vontae Davis (retired).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TE Logan Thomas, CB Lafayette Pitts, DL Eddie Yarbrough, LB Deon Lacey, P Matt Darr.

NEEDS: With their quarterback position finally (hopefully?) settled following Josh Allen’s rookie season, Bills can begin filling various needs around him. And after spending past two years purging high-priced and underachieving players, they also have money to spend, though GM Brandon Beane maintains he’ll be “judicious.” It starts with upgrading patchwork offensive line that was unable to offset abrupt losses of C Eric Wood (career-ending injury) and LG Richie Incognito (retirement) in 2018. Buffalo has begun adding linemen after signing Spencer Long to three-year contract last month. Receiver is another issue after Kelvin Benjamin’s production deteriorated — he was cut with month left in season. Bills also carrying one tight end, Jason Croom. On defense, Buffalo’s thin at linebacker. With starting job open opposite Tre’Davious White, Bills reached agreement to sign former Texans cornerback Kevin Johnson.

AVAILABLE SALARY CAP SPACE (approximately): $70.6 million, though the anticipation is Bills will target mid-range free agents and avoid making splash they did in signing DE Mario Williams to six-year, $100 million contract seven years ago.

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