Over the past couple of days, a lot of change has come to the Buffalo Bills’ roster. Today, the Bills tendered one exclusive-rights free agent, keeping the competition alive. Eddie Yarbrough was tendered by the Bills and will be locked in for the 2019 season.
Yarbrough will stick on the roster if the Bills don't add any edge defenders in free agency or the draft. The Bills have expressed interest is pursuing other edge players and if they can get a deal done, the pressure is on Yarbrough to show that he still deserves a spot on the roster.
An exclusive-rights free agent (ERFA) isn't much of a free agent at all. Players who are in that category can't negotiate with other teams and they are unable to hold out on a contract. All players who have this label have two or less years of accrued service and their pay is equal to the league minimum.
DE Eddie Yarbrough (two seasons): $645,000
LS Reid Ferguson and CB Lafayette Pitts had already signed deals to extend their stay with the Bills this offseason.
TE Logan Thomas and P Matt Darr, who were restricted free agents, will not be signed to a tender this year and they will be able to freely sign with another team.
With the signing of Tyler Kroft, Thomas will be allowed to walk free. Even with just two tight ends on the roster, the Bills felt that Thomas’s trial run as a tight end ran out. Darr struggled in the five games he was in for the Bills in 2018 and he was only brought on to fill in due to an injury.