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Buffalo Bills Links, 2/4: Bills among favorites to win Super Bowl LVI

Plus, should the Bills go after unrestricted free agent Mitch Trubisky to backup Josh Allen?

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we break down the news that the Bills are among the favorites to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in 2021.

We discuss what the Bills need to do to take that next step and represent the AFC in Super Bowl LVI, examine Buffalo’s offseason to-do list for free agency and the NFL Draft, and analyze the state of the offensive line to see what the Bills need to do to bolster a unit that underachieved running the football.

We also review the performances from Buffalo’s tight ends and special teams units, explore whether former Chicago Bears starting quarterback and unrestricted free agent Mitch Trubisky would make a good offseason addition as Josh Allen’s backup, speculate on what kind of contract free-agent linebacker Matt Milano will command this offseason, discuss options for replacing Milano if he were to depart the Bills, and much more!

Bills Among Favorites to Win Super Bowl LVI

Bills tied for second choice to win 2022 Super Bowl in early odds | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The Buffalo Bills open tied as the second choice to win Super Bowl LVI, according to odds released Wednesday”

Super Bowl LVI: Bills among favorites to hoist Lombardi Trophy -
Buffalo made it to the AFC Championship game for the first time since 1993.

Bills Today | One step the Bills can take to represent the AFC in Super Bowl LVI -
Adding defensive playmakers like a pass rusher and a cornerback will help Buffalo take the next step.

Hasselbeck: Bills shouldn’t ‘be worried about the AFC East’ - WGR 550
ESPN analyst and former NFL quarterback Matt Hasselbeck joined Howard Simon and Jeremy White on Wednesday to give his thoughts on the Buffalo Bills and their outlook for the years to come in the AFC.

Bills Today | ESPN analyst sees Bills as a power in AFC in 2021 -
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Thursday, Feb. 4.

Addressing What the Bills Need to do This Offseason

Bills offseason to-do list: Top needs in free agency, draft – The Athletic
“More than anything, the Bills need to figure out what they want from their offensive line in 2021,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

Bills need to find answers on offensive line - Democrat & Chronicle
In order to improve the running game in 2021, the Bills have to improve their offensive line.

Cap crunch means Bills likely to restructure or release notable veterans - Buffalo Bills Blog- ESPN
“The Bills are roughly $8 million over the cap for 2021, so to make room for one or more of their pending free agents, they could end up restructuring or releasing some notable players,” writes Marcel Louis-Jacques.

2021 NFL mock draft: See Buffalo’s top expert picks (Version 1.0) -
Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Daniel Jeremiah and many other experts have revealed their first picks for the Bills.

Josh Allen extension could be mix of Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff deals, NFL cap expert says -
Bills could lock up Allen to long-term extension this offseason.

2020 Positional Reviews

2021 State of the Bills: Tight end - WGR 550
“My ‘2021 State of the Bills’ series continues with a look at the tight ends as the team heads into the offseason,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Special teams analysis: Kicking units set a tone for Bills’ big year | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The Bills ranked fourth overall in the Football Outsiders special teams ranking for 2020 and eighth overall in the annual Rick Gosselin special teams ranking,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Buffalo Connections to the Super Bowl

Rob Gronkowski admits Super Bowl against Bills would have been ‘nuts’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“All my friends were texting me ‘Bucs-Bills, Bucs-Bills, Bucs-Bills,” Gronkowski said.

Ex-Bills RB LeSean McCoy admits career ‘might be over’ if Bucs win Super Bowl | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
According to his younger teammates, LeSean McCoy has embraced his role as a veteran mentor.

Bills sending four Western New York nurses to Super Bowl | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Each nurse will receive two free tickets and admission to gameday experiences.

Odds and Ends

Mitch Trubisky should be Bills’ backup quarterback - WGR 550
With Matt Barkley’s contract expiring this offseason, Mitch Trubisky could be a viable option for the Buffalo Bills as their next backup quarterback.

Ryan Fitzpatrick says fire was ‘re-lit,’ still wants to play - WGR 550
Journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has played for eight teams over his 16-year career and isn’t ready to retire yet.

Erik Brady: Pete Gogolak’s departure from Bills kick-started Super Bowl era | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The first NFL-AFL championship game – retroactively known as Super Bowl I – was born as a direct reflex of the New York Giants’ signing Gogolak away from the Buffalo Bills,” writes Erik Brady.

How the Bills were a bright spot for Western New York in 2020 -
Players, fans and community supporters share how the Bills made a difference both on and off the field during a very trying year for the region.

Buffalo Bills playoff hero visits Syracuse-area brewhouse -
Bills cornerback Taron Johnson was in the Syracuse area Wednesday visiting friends when he visited the brewhouse.

Josh Allen to compete in online Fortnite tournament | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Josh Allen will have a chance to show off his gaming skills Thursday,” writes Jay Skurski.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

Contract projection for Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano, 2021 - Buffalo Rumblings
In 2020, we predicted a four-year, $54 million contract extension for Matt Milano. Now, after contract extensions for Dion Dawkins, Jordan Poyer, and Tre’Davious White, what will it cost to extend Milano?

Opinion: I’m as shocked as you are that the Buffalo Bills won’t re-sign Matt Milano - Buffalo Rumblings

2020 All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano - Buffalo Rumblings
A dive into the versatile linebacker’s latest season.

Could Buffalo Bills rely on young depth to replace Matt Milano, A.J. Klein? - Buffalo Rumblings
Some intriguing names, for sure.

Free-agent options for the Buffalo Bills to replace Matt Milano - Buffalo Rumblings
There are plenty of linebackers set to hit free agency today.

2021 NFL Draft: Replacing Matt Milano - Buffalo Rumblings
If the Bills lose their weakside linebacker, here is the backup plan.

Fan opinion: What should the Buffalo Bills do at weak-side linebacker this offseason? - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills have three large decisions to make this offseason at the linebacker spot.

2020 All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills linebacker A.J. Klein - Buffalo Rumblings
From scapegoat to GOAT, a season in review.

What are the financial ramifications of moving on from A.J. Klein this offseason? - Buffalo Rumblings
If the Bills wanted to cut Klein to keep Milano, how would that work?

2020 offseason acquisitions that took the Buffalo Bills to the next level - Buffalo Rumblings
Newest faces helped to bring a division title and two playoff wins this season.

Like half the NFL, the Bills are currently over the 2021 salary cap - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills have space, but they also have holes along at least four starting spots.

State of the Buffalo Bills roster: Edge defenders - Buffalo Rumblings
A highly priced unit full of veterans is in need of some dynamic young pass rushers.

BBR: Milano, Feliciano and the rest of the Bills’ free-agent class - Buffalo Rumblings
There will be plenty of tough decisions to make this offseason in Buffalo.

Code of Conduct: Buffalo Bills Offseason Mode - Buffalo Rumblings
It should be an interesting offseason in Buffalo.