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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills’ daily links, we explore the Bills’ interest in free agent linebacker Christian Kirksey, target other linebackers who could fill the void left by Lorenzo Alexander’s retirement, address the re-signing of tight end Jason Croom, identify which bargains the Bills could go after in free agency, and address how the coronavirus (COVID-19) could potentially impact the start of free agency, the NFL Draft and the rest of the league’s regularly-scheduled activities.


Free agency provides options for filling Lorenzo Alexander’s LB role – The Buffalo News
Christian Kirksey, Kyle Van Noy and other options for Buffalo to sign as a strong-side linebacker who can set the edge against the run.

Film study: Linebackers the Bills should consider in free agency – The Athletic
With Lorenzo Alexander retiring after the 2019 season, the Bills’ biggest hole remaining on defense is at outside linebacker.

Report: LB Christian Kirksey visiting with the Bills | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Free-agent linebacker Christian Kirksey is reportedly visiting with the Bills.

Ex-Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey visiting Bills – The Buffalo News
The Buffalo Bills started their search for a replacement for Lorenzo Alexander in earnest Friday.

Bills reportedly re-sign tight end Jason Croom | WGR 550 SportsRadio
ESPN's Field Yates reports that Buffalo has signed tight end Jason Croom to a one-year deal.

Bills re-sign tight end Jason Croom – The Buffalo News
The Bills have re-signed tight end Jason Croom to a one-year contract, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Bargain bin: Free agents the Bills can target at more reasonable prices – The Athletic
To keep the salary cap healthy and fulfill Brandon Beane’s plan, the Bills need to find the value plays when free agency opens next week. (Subscription required).

Josh Norman’s addition figures to limit Bills’ interest in cornerbacks – The Buffalo News
With Norman in the mix, who else could Buffalo turn to for cornerback help in free agency?

Bills Mailbag: How much of a priority should running back be in free agency? – The Buffalo News
The Bills don’t seem inclined to bring back Frank Gore, so running back is certainly on the list of needs heading into free agency, Jay Skurski says.

NFL to consider postponing the start of free agency | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The opening of NFL Free Agency next week could be postponed due to COVID-19.

Buffalo Bills 10 best all-time free agent signings - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills haven’t often made a big splash in free agency, but they’ve made some excellent signings through the years. These are ten of the best.

NFL responds to coronavirus pandemic, instructs employees to work from home beginning Friday (report) - newyorkupstate.com
The COVID-19 pandemic is now impacting professional sports leagues in the U.S.

Buffalo Bills suspend travel of coaches, scouts due to coronavirus pandemic - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills had several executives, scout and coaches at Clemson's pro day on Thursday.

Buffalo Bills restructure TE Tyler Kroft’s contract (report) - newyorkupstate.com
Kroft signed three-year, $18.75 million deal last year and the deal is now just for two years and less money in 2020.

Quinton Spain to re-sign with Buffalo Bills - newyorkupstate.com
Spain didn't surrender a sack in 2019 while playing first season in Buffalo after four years with the Tennessee Titans.

Buffalo Bills, NFL players react to Quinton Spain re-signing - newyorkupstate.com
Here's what Quinton Spain's current and former teammates are saying about his three-year, $15 million contract.

What re-signing Quinton Spain means for Cody Ford, Josh Allen, other Buffalo Bills - newyorkupstate.com
The Bills rewarded Quinton Spain's solid 2019 play with a three-year contract just before the start of free agency.

Buffalo Bills to re-sign guard Quinton Spain, revise Tyler Kroft deal - Democrat & Chronicle
Two NFL Network reports indicate the Bills are re-signing left guard Quinton Spain, and have restructured the contract of tight end Tyler Kroft.

Quinton Spain returns to Bills; Tyler Kroft’s contract restructured – The Buffalo News
The business of the NFL seemingly never stops.

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Opinion: Buffalo Bills don’t need to “fix” run defense - Buffalo Rumblings
During “upgrade” season, here’s one area the Bills shouldn’t spend too much time on.

Tracker: How the coronavirus will impact NFL offseason, Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Free-agent recruiting and college scouting is at risk.

Buffalo Bills re-sign TE Jason Croom - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills have depth at tight end.

Recently-released veterans for the Buffalo Bills to pursue before free agency opens - Buffalo Rumblings
There are some low-risk, high-reward players available.

Buffalo Bills’ Levi Wallace, Matt Milano among top 2019 performance-based pay earners - Buffalo Rumblings
The young players made some extra cash.

Report: Buffalo Bills restructure tight end Tyler Kroft’s contract, ensuring he’ll be back in 2020 - Buffalo Rumblings
The new deal makes him a free agent in 2021.

Buffalo Bills re-sign guard Quinton Spain - Buffalo Rumblings
Solidifying the o-line was a priority.

Report: veteran linebacker Christian Kirksey set to visit Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
The Cleveland Browns recently released the veteran.