The Buffalo Bills don’t have many impending free agents, but they aren’t planning to lock down any of them with a tag designation this year. Speaking with reporters at the 2020 NFL Combine, general manager Brandon Beane said that the team did not expect to use either the franchise tag or the transition tag with their players this year.
This team lacked the star impact of free agents like Amari Cooper and Tom Brady on its roster, which probably made this decision relatively straightforward. The most noteworthy option for tagging was Jordan Phillips, who made $4.5 million this year and notched 9.5 sacks. Phillips had expressed a desire for a pay raise, and the Bills had expressed their interest in letting him test the market, so this all follows expectations.
Other free agents who will now be free to test the market (assuming they don’t re-sign with the Bills first) include Shaq Lawson, Kevin Johnson, and Quinton Spain.