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Buffalo Bills Links, 2/6: Projecting roster changes for 2021

Plus, should Buffalo offer a second contract to LB Tremaine Edmunds?

Wherever the 2021 NFL salary cap falls, and as of now projections have the cap somewhere between $175 and $185 million, the Buffalo Bills are up against it for 2021.

In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we speculate on the futures of veterans like wide receivers John Brown and Isaiah McKenzie, linebacker Matt Milano, offensive linemen Jon Feliciano, Daryl Williams, defensive tackles Vernon Butler and Quinton Jefferson, and defensive ends Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes.

We also dive into whether the Bills should offer up a second contract to starting middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, review the performances from Buffalo’s wide receivers, running backs, and offensive line, hear why wide receiver Stefon Diggs feels quarterback Josh Allen should be the NFL’s MVP, grade Buffalo’s 2020 offseason moves, and much more!


Projecting Roster Changes for 2021

Bills 2021 outlook: Who stays and who goes from roster? – The Athletic
“(T)he Bills have many players on expiring contracts, including three core starters. If they have any hope of re-signing some of their own, they’ll need to release a handful veteran players,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

5 questions to consider as the Bills head into the 2021 offseason - BuffaloBills.com
Here’s what fans can look forward to when it comes to Bills football in the coming weeks.

Bills mailbag: Tremaine Edmunds’ future and top draft needs – The Athletic
Has Tremaine Edmunds earned a second contract with his play? What position should the Bills target in the first round of the draft? (Subscription required).

Where Bills pick in the 2021 NFL Draft | How many picks they have - newyorkupstate.com
Buffalo has seven selections in April’s draft.

State of the Bills

2021 State of the Bills: Wide receiver - WGR 550
“My ‘2021 State of the Bills’ series continues with a look at the wide receivers as the team heads into the offseason,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Do the Bills need to add another running back? - WKBW
“Don’t get it twisted — just because the Buffalo Bills want to be more efficient in the run game doesn’t mean they want to run the ball more. In 2020, despite the Bills’ success on offense, the team struggled to find a rhythm in the run game,” writes Matt Bove.

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

Production doesn’t add up for Bills defensive line - Democrat & Chronicle
Buffalo’s high-priced defensive line continued to be mediocre in applying pressure on the quarterback in 2020.

Stefon Diggs Praises Josh Allen for MVP

Stefon Diggs puts in a plug for Josh Allen as MVP | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Stefon Diggs put in a plug for Josh Allen as an NFL most valuable player candidate in an appearance on the NFL Network’s ‘Good Morning Football’ Thursday,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Stefon Diggs can relate to Deshaun Watson: ‘We don’t live in a shut up and play world anymore’ - newyorkupstate.com
Hall of Fame QB Brett Favre recently said quarterbacks make too much money to voice opinions.

Stefon Diggs explains why he stayed on field for Chiefs’ AFC title celebration - BuffaloBills.com
“Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs explains why he stayed on field for Kansas City Chiefs’ AFC title celebration.”

Odds and Ends

Grading Bills’ 2020 moves: Stefon Diggs trade, draft picks – The Athletic
The hits outweighed the misses for Brandon Beane in 2020, but there are still some moves the Bills might want back. (Subscription required).

Bills definitely made fans shout in 2020 - WGR 550
“2020 was quite the season for Buffalo Bills fans. It was a lot of fun for people who talk about the Bills for a living too, trust me,” writes Howard Simon.

A champion for Buffalo | Josh Norman distributes $500,000 to local businesses - BuffaloBills.com
Through the Buffalo Business Blitz program, Norman provided $2,500 grants to 200 different businesses.

Bills Today | Bleacher Report gives Josh Allen these two end-of-season awards - BuffaloBills.com
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Friday, Feb. 5.

Harrison Phillips: “It’s a blessing to be in this position” - BuffaloBills.com
“Bills DT Harrison Phillips joined One Bills Live to discuss being the team’s nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award and his continued support in the WNY community.”

Thanks to Bills Mafia Babes, Dion Dawkins’ charity feeling the love from fans | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Dion’s Dreamers, the foundation of Bills left tackle Dion Dawkins, is the latest charitable endeavor to benefit from the generosity of Bills fans.”

Jake Arians on the Bills and dad Bruce in the Super Bowl – The Athletic
Twenty years after an injury ended his NFL career, Arians shares memories of playing and watching his dad coach his way to the Super Bowl. (Subscription required).

Tyreek Hill: Why Bills’ Justin Zimmer most impressive defensive player he played in 2020 - newyorkupstate.com
Zimmer almost ran down Hill on one of his big plays in AFC title game.

Bills assistant linebackers coach reportedly hired by Vanderbilt | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“John Egorugwu, who spent four years with the Buffalo Bills, is being hired as the linebackers coach at Vanderbilt University, Yahoo Sports reported.”

Roger Goodell says NFL not satisfied by lack of minority hires | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell acknowledged disappointment Thursday with the league’s track record on hiring minority head coaches,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Inside the Bills: How Buffalo’s roster stacks up against the Super Bowl teams | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The goal for the Bills is simple in 2021 – Super Bowl or bust. That means it’s bigger than just beating the Chiefs. The Bills also have to measure themselves,” writes Jay Skurski.

Featured on Buffalo Rumblings

2020 All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills guard Jon Feliciano - Buffalo Rumblings
Fan favorite Mongo goes under the All-22 microscope.

2021 contract projection for Buffalo Bills free-agent lineman Jon Feliciano - Buffalo Rumblings
What can Feliciano expect to make?

Free-agent interior offensive line options for Buffalo Bills to sign - Buffalo Rumblings
Could any of these options replace Jon Feliciano or Ike Boettger?

2020 All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills guard Ike Boettger - Buffalo Rumblings
A look at Ike Boettger’s 2020 season.

Contract projection for Buffalo Bills restricted free-agent guard Ike Boettger - Buffalo Rumblings
Buffalo Bills guard Ike Boettger started seven games for the Bills in 2020, as he replaced Quinton Spain and Brian Winters in the starting lineup. The team did not get much help from their other guards.

2021 contract projection for Bills free-agent guard Brian Winters - Buffalo Rumblings
It seems unlikely the Bills want to keep Winters.

2020 All-22 analysis: Buffalo Bills guard Brian Winters - Buffalo Rumblings
We examine the Age of Winters.

Do the Buffalo Bills have a guard solution on their roster? - Buffalo Rumblings
They have three free agents who started games for them in 2020. (Four if you count Quinton Spain.)

Opinion: What the Buffalo Bills should do at guard this offseason - Buffalo Rumblings
The interior offensive line of the Buffalo Bills is a hot topic this offseason.

Fan opinion: What should the Buffalo Bills do at both guard spots this offseason? - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills had four players start at guard for them in 2020. None of them are under contract for 2021 at this moment in time.

Which Buffalo Bills deserve a bigger role in 2021? - Buffalo Rumblings
A look into some players who should see more opportunities next season.