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Bill Links, 1/18: Buffalo Bills prepping for an active free agency

The Bills have plenty of cap space this off-season

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Fans of the Buffalo Bills should get used to conversations about the start of this offseason’s free agency. With over $80 million in available cap space, the Bills should be very active once free agency starts in March. Today’s links include plenty of information on Brandon Beane and his approach, as well as updates on Josh Allen, Lorenzo Alexander, and much more.

How the Bills should approach free agency with all that cap space | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The team has about $80 million in salary cap space.

Bang for their buck: How the Bills take advantage of their unprecedented cap space without abusing it – The Athletic
Only five teams have entered an off-season with more salary-cap room than the Bills' expected $83.9 million. So, how do they spend it the right way? (Subscription required.)

2019 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper has Buffalo Bills going defense in Mock 1.0 | Mel Kiper has the Bills replacing Kyle Williams in Round 1.

2018 Buffalo Bills All-22 in Review: Defensive End - WKBW
The Buffalo Bills saw a solid group of defensive ends on their roster in 2018, and with all of them signed in 2019, does that mean the team should stand pat? 7ABC's Joe Buscaglia brings you his full breakdown of the defensive ends on the roster, and what the team can do this off-season.

NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico thinks Bills’ Josh Allen ‘energized organization’ in 2018 |
Bills coach Sean McDermott appeared on Tirico's podcast and called this off-season "an important one for Allen."

2018 Buffalo Bills All-22 in Review: Cornerback - WKBW
The Buffalo Bills, in addition to their great young player Tre'Davious White, found a core of youth at the cornerback position to build around. 7ABC's Joe Buscaglia brings you his assessment of the cornerbacks in 2018, and what steps the Bills should take at the position in the off-season.

Offensive line makeover: The strategies and ‘intangibles’ the Bills must consider when building Allen’s protection – The Athletic
Now that the Bills have a new offensive line leader in Bobby Johnson, the next step is building their 2019 line properly through free agency and the draft. (Subscription required.)

Lorenzo Alexander signs a contract extension with the Bills -
The veteran captain and linebacker signed a one-year contract extension with the Bills on Wednesday.

Buffalo Bills among betting favorites to land Antonio Brown in 2019 |
Bet DSI has the Bills among the favorites to land Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

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All-22 Analysis: Fullback Patrick DiMarco might be miscast in Buffalo Bills’ offense under Brian Daboll - Buffalo Rumblings
With the fullback position an endangered species, it’s time to wonder if Buffalo should remain a sanctuary for this beautiful but rare creature.

Fan sentiment: Should the Buffalo Bills keep fullback Patrick DiMarco in 2019? - Buffalo Rumblings
What say you?

2019 NFL Draft: Finding a new fullback - Buffalo Rumblings
If the Bills want to move on from Patrick DiMarco, there are cheap options.

Replacing Patrick DiMarco with a free agent is pointless since most teams don’t even use a fullback anymore - Buffalo Rumblings
The fullback is a dying position in the 21st-century NFL, so the pickings are slim.

Could the Buffalo Bills look internally to replace fullback Patrick DiMarco? - Buffalo Rumblings
Don’t get your hopes up. There’s slim pickings on the current roster, especially with the retirement of Kyle Williams.

2019 salary cap: What would it cost the Buffalo Bills to cut Patrick DiMarco? - Buffalo Rumblings
DiMarco’s role in the offense was obsolete last season.