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Buffalo Bills decline restricted free-agent tender on wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie

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The WR will hit the market

The Buffalo Bills have declined their restricted free-agent rights on wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Instead of offering him a $2 million contract for the 2020 season, they have allowed him to test the free-agency market.

McKenzie had 27 catches (including the jet sweep shovel passes) for 254 yards and eight runs for 49 more yards. That makes him a unique part of the team’s offense, but not a large one.

Earlier this offseason, we projected that McKenzie was worth closer to the league minimum than he was to the RFA tender number:

The league minimum for McKenzie is $735,000 and a $95,000 signing bonus. The RFA tender is $2.15 million. Both are one-year contracts.

If it’s me, I am probably not going beyond the league minimum deal. They have Ray-Ray McCloud III—who has played in the NFL before—if they want that shifty receiver. I wouldn’t pay double for McKenzie.

McKenzie was the only pending RFA on the team. The Bills re-signed three exclusive rights free agents; TE Jason Croom, CB Levi Wallace, and WR Robert Foster.