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Buffalo Bills Links, 1/30: When should the Bills extend Josh Allen’s contract?

Plus, how Buffalo’s loss to the Chiefs may reveal what the team does to improve this offseason.

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With the Buffalo Bills now in offseason mode, today’s edition of the Bills daily links discusses the issue of whether general manager Brandon Beane and the Bills should extend quarterback Josh Allen’s contract this spring.

We also explore how Buffalo’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game could shine a light on what the Bills will do to close the gap between themselves and the Chiefs, hear from Beane on why the team is facing “tough decisions” this offseason, including what Buffalo does with free-agent linebacker Matt Milano, identify five potential draft targets to watch during the Senior Bowl, examine how the team handled the countless COVID-19 challenges this year, and much more!

When to Extend Josh Allen’s Contract?

Bills’ top offseason questions: Josh Allen’s contract, salary cap – The Athletic
The 2021 Bills will be challenged to rise to the level of heightened expectations, and that starts with addressing the top needs. (Subscription required).

Buffalo Bills face big decision on when to extend Josh Allen’s contract - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
General manager Brandon Beane could pay the ascending QB this offseason, or wait another year and risk the possibility his market value soars.

Bills Today | Extension for Josh Allen possible despite restrictive cap -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Friday, Jan. 29.

Turning the Attention to the Offseason

AFC title loss could reveal clues to the Bills’ offseason priorities – The Athletic
Digging into the final All-22 review of the Buffalo Bills’ 2020 season. (Subscription required).

Beane: ‘We’ll have to be very sharp’ this offseason - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Thursday as preparations are already underway for the 2021 season.

Observations: Brandon Beane says Bills want Matt Milano back, but there are ‘tough moves’ ahead | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The NFL still has not set the 2021 salary cap for teams, but if it is in the neighborhood of $175 million, which has been widely speculated, the Bills are tight against that number,” writes Jay Skurski.

Bills’ Brandon Beane on ‘tough decisions’ looming in offseason, Matt Milano’s future in Buffalo -
Beane: “We want to keep good players. But it will come back to that cap and what we can afford”

Bills free agent receiver Isaiah McKenzie thanks fans, hopes to return | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“McKenzie, acquired on waivers from the Denver Broncos early in the 2018 season, and has appeared in 38 games in a variety of roles.”

2021 Mock Draft Watch 1.0 -
Mock Draft season is here. Here’s a compilation of who national analysts are picking for the Bills with the 30th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Bills returning both coordinators next season |
“Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will remain in Buffalo. It is a surprise to many that neither were hired elsewhere,” writes Ashley Holder.

Thoughts on the Senior Bowl

5 players to watch at the Senior Bowl through a Bills lens | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“With the Buffalo Bills’ season coming to an end Sunday with a loss in the AFC championship game, focus has shifted to the offseason,” writes Jay Skurski.

Kadarius Toney, 4 other Bills draft targets playing in Senior Bowl -
Kadarius Toney would give Buffalo another weapon on offense.

Bills Say Goodbye to E.J. Gaines and Patrick DiMarco

Bills waive cornerback E.J. Gaines, who had opted out of 2020 season | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Buffalo Bills cornerback E.J. Gaines, who opted out of the 2020 season, was waived Friday, according to the daily transaction report.”

Bills waive CB E.J. Gaines, which CBs remain on roster heading into 2021? -
Gaines opted out ahead of the 2020 NFL season.

Former Bills fullback Patrick DiMarco officially announces retirement | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Patrick DiMarco’s playing career officially came to a close Thursday, as the former Buffalo Bills captain and fullback announced his retirement,” writes Jay Skurski.

How the Bills Handled COVID-19

As Bills games went on, so did COVID-19 challenges - WGR 550
Buffalo Bills head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane provided additional insight into some of the specific COVID-19-related challenges the team faced during the 2020 season.

Inside the Bills: Behind the scenes of how team navigated its way through Covid-19 protocols | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“You know that pit-in-your-stomach feeling as you wait for medical test results? Try experiencing that every day for about six months,” writes Jay Skurski.

Odds and Ends

Whatever doubters Josh Allen had, they must be gone now - Democrat & Chronicle
“Perhaps now, after the season Josh Allen just had, the doubters will quiet down,” writes Sal Maiorana.

Bills defense report card: Good, not great - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills’ defense had a solid year, particularly in the second half, but overall the unit took a step back from its performance in 2019.

What they’re saying | NFL analysts share these opinions on Buffalo’s 2020 postseason run -
With a run to the AFC Championship game, experts, players, legends and fans all believe the team has a bright future moving forward.

Greg Cosell on the Bills next steps -
“NFL Films senior producer and ESPN NFL Matchup host Greg Cosell analyzed the Bills loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship, looked at some keys next up for the team and gave an outlook on the offseason QB market in his weekly segment on One Bills Live.”

Buffalo Bills 2020 Season Highlights -
“Take a look back at some of the best moments from the Buffalo Bills 2020 season. The Bills finished 13-3 in the regular season, winning the AFC East Division and advanced to the AFC Championship.”

WNY artist shares Bills inspired snow sculpture | News 4 Buffalo
“A sculptor and artist from Allegany County is showcasing a new snow creation showing love for the Buffalo Bills. Eric Jones has finished a new piece featuring Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs.”

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Which Bills are under contract in 2021 but deserve an extension? - Buffalo Rumblings
Not the 2021 free agents, but looking down the road.

All-22 analysis: Josh Allen’s first AFC Championship - Buffalo Rumblings
How’d he really do?

2021 Senior Bowl roundup: Standout NFL draft prospects - Buffalo Rumblings
Starring a D3 offensive lineman!

State of the Buffalo Bills roster: Linebackers - Buffalo Rumblings
We start our offseason look at the Bills’ roster with arguably the biggest decision the team has to make.

Buffalo Bills release cornerback E.J. Gaines - Buffalo Rumblings
The veteran CB opted out of the 2020 season.

Buff Hub: Will the Buffalo Bills be back? Feat. Sal Capaccio - Buffalo Rumblings
Sal Capaccio (Host WGR 550 Radio) // Season in Review.

Should the Buffalo Bills make any voluntary changes to their coaching staff? - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills went on a great run in 2020, winning 13 regular-season games and two playoff games before falling to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

The Bruce Exclusive: #almightytake me home, country roads - Buffalo Rumblings
Closing time.

2021 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills’ draft picks, post-playoffs - Buffalo Rumblings
The draft order for the team is settled, for now.