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Milano extension likely has to wait for offseason, says Beane

There’s not enough money left in the bank to get it done.

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Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane spoke with radio station WGR 550 on Tuesday morning when the topic of linebacker Matt Milano’s extension came up. The young linebacker is in the last year of his rookie deal and was in line for an extension alongside his peers Dion Dawkins and Tre’Davious White. Following the recent extensions of both Dawkins and White, Milano is the last major extension from the group on the outside looking in.

“Right now, our cap space is down to a little over $5 million,” explained Beane. “This year would probably be hard, never say never, but we’d have to get creative. It may make the most sense right now to wait until the offseason.”

The keeping of Trent Murphy and the extensions given to Dawkins and White have chewed up most of the options the Bills had that would provide or leave the Bills the necessary cap room to extend Milano. The number to keep Milano is going to be substantial. We projected a four-year extension earlier this offseason worth $55 million. It’s modeled closely off the Shaq Thompson deal signed in December with the Carolina Panthers. Like Milano, Thompson is a coverage linebacker, but all of Milano’s stats are better.

It is obvious that the Bills desire to keep the young linebacker for many reasons. How Beane makes it happen, if he is able, won’t likely be learned until the 2020 season is over.