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Buffalo Bills Links, 8/15: Dion Dawkins inks contract extension

Plus, will general manager Brandon Beane be the next to receive an extension?

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we break down another contract extension handed out by the Bills, this time to talented left tackle Dion Dawkins, who inked a four-year, $60 million extension that will keep him in Western New York through the 2024 season. We analyze the deal, identifying why it was wise to lock up Josh Allen’s blindside protection for the next five seasons.

We also speculate on whether the Bills, who reached contract extensions with Dawkins and head coach Sean McDermott, will next broach general manager Brandon Beane about a long-term contract extension. We hear from McDermott about why he wanted to stay in Buffalo, how he is motivated to bring a championship to Western New York, and how the respect for the Bills’ organization has grown since he and Beane started working for the franchise.

On the field, we rank Buffalo’s top ten talents on both offense and defense, take a look at the state of the specialists, hear why tackle Cody Ford feels he will take another step forward in 2020, relive that glorious day at New Era Field when quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Fred Jackson and the Bills snapped a 15-game losing streak to the New England Patriots by picking off Tom Brady four times, and much more!

Bills sign tackle Dion Dawkins to a four-year extension | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Buffalo Bills have signed left tackle Dion Dawkins to a four-year contract extension to protect Josh Allen’s blindside through the 2024 season.

Bills, Dion Dawkins reach $60 million extension through 2024 season - Buffalo Bills Blog
Dion Dawkins, a mainstay at left tackle since he was picked in the second round of the 2017 draft, has agreed to a $60 million extension through the 2024 season, sources told ESPN.

Bills agree to contract extension with Dion Dawkins | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Bills have locked up a key part of their offensive line for the long term.

Bills and Dion Dawkins Agree to Contract Extension -
“The Buffalo Bills and Left Tackle Dion Dawkins have agreed to a four-year contract extension.”

Buffalo Bills ink LT Dion Dawkins to 4-year, $60 million extension -
Dawkins was going into the final year of his rookie deal in 2020.

Three reasons why the Bills were smart to re-sign Dion Dawkins - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills are in a spending mood this week as they give Dion Dawkins a new deal, a day after they extended the contract of head coach Sean McDermott.

Dion Dawkins: “I’m Gonna Earn Every Bit of this Contract” -
“Bills OT Dion Dawkins spoke to the media on August 13th. Topics included: His recently announced contract extension, his teammates reactions to said extension, and who the first person he called was when he found out the news.”

‘I have to earn it’: Bills reward Dion Dawkins with hefty contract extension – The Athletic
Dawkins, who has started 43 of his 48 career games at left tackle, is a big piece of what the Bills are trying to build. (Subscription required).

Bills Today | How Dion Dawkins shared his special moment with family and teammates -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Friday, August 14.

Bills take care of McDermott, is Beane next? - Democrat & Chronicle
General manager Brandon Beane applauded Sean McDermott’s contract extension. Will the Pegulas give him a similar deal?

Column: Beane says his ‘day will come’ for an extension. It should come soon | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
On Wednesday, the Pegulas gave McDermott his just reward with a six-year contract extension that makes him one of the highest-paid coaches in the NFL.

Recent history shows extension for Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane should be coming soon -
The San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings show that deals for head coaches and GMs are generally done shortly after one another.

Trusting the process | WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Buffalo Bills are banking on head coach Sean McDermott to get the team to the next level after giving him a contract extension on Wednesday.

McDermott: ‘I’m here to win a world championship’ | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott met with the media on Thursday after signing a six-year extension to remain with the team through the 2025 season.

Takeaways from Sean McDermott’s first comments since re-signing with the Bills – The Athletic
“The reason I came here, the reason we work every day, is to bring a world championship to this team and this city and this fan base.” (Subscription required).

“The Community Fits Us” | Sean McDermott Joins One Bills Live
Bills head coach Sean McDermott joined One Bills Live to discuss his contract extension and staying in Western New York.

6 things we learned from Sean McDermott and Josh Allen about McDermott’s contract extension -
Sean McDermott and Josh Allen shared their thoughts on McDermott’s contract extension.

Sean McDermott: Respect for Bills has grown around NFL for Bills during coaching tenure -
McDermott signed a contract extension Wednesday that will keep him in Buffalo through the 2025 season.

Bills’ extension of Sean McDermott’s contract ‘helps with the growth of everyone’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
On Wednesday, the team took a major step toward maintaining long-term stability by giving coach Sean McDermott a six-year contract extension.

Bills coach Sean McDermott echoes Marv Levy: ‘Where else would you rather be?’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
If McDermott remains through 2025 with his new contract, Levy will be the only coach in franchise history to have coached more games.

Ranking the Bills’ top 10 talents on offense – The Athletic
For this exercise, we take into account the present and future outlooks for each player, starting with the offense in Part 1. (Subscription required).

Ranking the Bills’ top 10 talents on defense – The Athletic
The Bills have put together one of the most well-rounded defensive starting lineups in the NFL. Which players top the list? (Subscription required).

Bills roster in-depth: Specialists | WGR 550 SportsRadio
An in-depth look at the Buffalo Bills’ specialists heading into the 2020 season.

Bills' Cody Ford excited for Year 2 after an offseason of healing, improving - Buffalo Bills Blog
The offensive tackle arrived in Buffalo ready to play after a summer "grind" devoted to improving his diet and recovery from shoulder surgery.

Josh Allen trying to get most out of shortened camp practice schedule | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Bills will have just four weeks of full practices before their season-opening game at home against the New York Jets on Sept. 13.

Maiorana’s Memories: Ending the Patriots misery in 2011 - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills ended a 15-game losing streak against the Patriots with a dramatic comeback win engineered by Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen hopes to ’hunker something down’ on throw-off with Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes ahead of TNF matchup -
Mahomes recently talked about the throw-off on Undisputed. Here’s what Allen said to the media on Thursday.

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Buffalo Bills sign big contract extension with left tackle Dion Dawkins, per report - Buffalo Rumblings
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Did offseason signings impact Dion Dawkins’s contract projection for the Buffalo Bills? - Buffalo Rumblings
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