Daryl Williams played 96 percent of the Buffalo Bills’ snaps on offense in 2020, but he only signed a one-year deal a year ago. Ty Nsekhe played just 5 percent of the team’s snaps as the backup swing tackle, and he is also entering free agency. Cody Ford, their right tackle from 2019, played mostly at left guard in 2020. To say the right tackle position is in flux would be an understatement.
So what should the Bills do at the position this offseason? This morning, we broke down every possible scenario from the 2020 game film, to contract extensions, to free agents, the NFL Draft, and guys on the roster. We’ve included excerpts below but really this article is about you sharing what you think the Bills should do. Vote in the poll at the bottom of the page and read through all the articles.
I think this is likely one of the safest conclusions of the offseason. It’d be phenomenal to keep Daryl Williams in Buffalo. It’s hard to do linemen analysis without comparing to other players so here goes. Of the players we’ve covered so far in this review series only Ty Nsekhe has a stronger push in the run game. Williams isn’t too far behind though. When it comes to pass protection, Williams is consistent and effective. Keeping Williams in Western New York should be a priority.
From my perspective the reason he has been passed over has everything to do with pass protection where Nsekhe’s height and occasional lapses against speed rushers grade him below the other two. If Buffalo needed a run-heavy game plan, I’d feel differently about who should be starting.
When you’re running a 60/40 split favored to passing the ball, it’s prudent to put the players on the field who best match the 60 percent. That said, Nsekhe is no slouch in the passing game either. If possible he’s one I’d love to keep.
Four years, $35 million
$18 million fully guaranteed
This contract makes him number seven on the list of highest-paid right tackles in the NFL. I don’t think he’s going to command the $10 million per season it would take to get into the top five.
I started it as a three-year deal worth $24.6 million and then added a team option for a fourth year at $10.4 million. The first two years are guaranteed and that allows me to play some games with the salary-cap hits, which is also why I adding the fourth year of the deal allows me to further spread out the cap hit down the line. It’s not a move general manager Brandon Beane loves to do, but this offseason is going to force some teams into deals they don’t love.
One year, $1.21 million
$850,000 cap hit
The Bills could do worse than Nsekhe and with a gaping hole at the position, I’m interested in bringing him back on a one-year veteran minimum deal including the small signing bonus. With the veteran minimum salary benefit, he counts exactly like a second-year NFL player on a minimum salary deal. He has shown the versatility in the past at left tackle, right tackle, and kicked inside to guard. They know how far his physical skills have fallen with age, so if they think he’s worth keeping around, he’s worth the money.
The Bills could absolutely be penciling in Cody Ford as the starting right tackle as of right now. When he was drafted in 2019, general manager Brandon Beane made it a point that Ford was a tackle. With Williams set to become a free agent, Ford could return to the right tackle spot where he spent 16 games in the year before last and played 69 percent of the offensive snaps.
Another intriguing name on the Bills’ roster is Trey Adams. An undrafted free agent in 2020, Adams didn’t have the opportunity to impress and grow during rookie minicamp, minicamps, OTAs, training camp, and the preseason due to COVID-19 restrictions. His primary position in college was left tackle, but with Dion Dawkins written in pen on that side, perhaps Adams could be urged to change sides or at least cross-train both positions.
A one-time waiver wire pickup by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Feiler fought his way into a starting role.
The most steadfast veteran in Buffalo’s price range would be Beachum, who has nine seasons of experience at both left tackle and right tackle.
With nine seasons of experience, Remmers has played various guard and tackle roles during his time in the NFL. Playing RT with the Kansas City Chiefs this year, Remmers revived his career after Mitchell Schwartz suffered a season-ending injury.
A former first-round pick, Ifedi accumulated 76 starts in five years. He’s played both RG and RT.
For most of his career, Fleming has been a backup right tackle, but this year, he was the starting right tackle for the New York Giants, and had a solid year (more because of run blocking than pass protection).
With Hurst, you’re getting a versatile lineman who’s played on both sides of the line at guard and tackle. His seven-year career features 102 games and 49 starts.
Tevi, a 6’5” 315-lb former sixth-round pick, hasn’t exactly netted rave reviews in his starts, but his 2020 season was less bad, and he could work as a low-cost stopgap a la Jordan Mills.
Penei Sewell (Oregon)
Alex Leatherwood (Alabama)
Sewell has been the presumptive first tackle off the board for a while now, and given his prototypical size, his polished technique, his experience as a freshman starter and the fact that he’s only 20 should find him continually mocked as the first tackle off the board. Leatherwood doesn’t have the highest ceiling or great athleticism as a tackle prospect, so he won’t be making any eye-popping blocks you sometimes see on tape for other prospects. What he does is rarely make mistakes—and consistency is sometimes the best ability an offensive lineman can have.
Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech)
Jalen Mayfield (Michigan)
Jackson Carman (Clemson)
Spencer Brown (Northern Iowa)
Alaric Jackson (Iowa)
Tyler Vrabel (Boston College)
1. Leave Cody Ford at guard
2. Re-sign Daryl Williams
3. Check in with LaAdrian Waddle
Now it’s your turn to vote, Bills fans. What do you want to do at the right tackle position this offseason? I kept the options simplified to just the starter role. You can expand on your opinion in the comments.
What should the Bills do at starting right tackle this offseason?
This poll is closed
Re-sign Daryl Williams
Re-sign Ty Nsekhe
Move Cody Ford to RT
Plug and go with Trey Adams
Sign a free agent offensive tackle
Use the 2021 NFL Draft to find a starter
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