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Buffalo Bills Links, 3/12: Bills re-sign LB Matt Milano

Plus, analyzing the state of the running backs.

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The Buffalo Bills created salary cap space for themselves on Wednesday, releasing wide receiver John Brown and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson while restructuring the contract of defensive tackle Vernon Butler.

On Thursday, the Bills used some of those savings to bring back linebacker Matt Milano, and in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we examine the team-friendly contract extension, reportedly valued at $44 million over four years.

We do a deep dive into the state of the running backs, studying game film to break down the pros and cons of Devin Singletary and Zack Moss while exploring veterans and draft candidates who could improve the running back position.

We also hear from fellow linebacker Tremaine Edmunds on why he’s ready to “wake up” all of the people “sleeping on him,” how safety Jordan Poyer is doing his part to woo defensive end Carlos Dunlap and cornerback Xavier Rhodes to Buffalo, predict what moves the Bills will make to improve the team through free agency and the NFL Draft, make the case for re-signing wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, and more!

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Additional Bills news from the web

Bills, LB Matt Milano agree to contract extension

Bills score upset by keeping cornerstone defender Matt Milano in fold | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
According to reports, Milano is re-signing with the Bills for four years and $44 million, with $24 million guaranteed.

Bills resign Matt Milano, locking up young core of defense for another run in 2021 – The Athletic
This move could prevent the Bills from being too aggressive in free agency, but they view this as a big swing in itself. (Subscription required).

Bills find way to re-sign Matt Milano to four-year deal worth $44 million - Democrat & Chronicle
After creating salary cap space over the last couple of days, Bills bring back LB, keeping him off the free-agent market.

Bills re-sign Matt Milano to four-year deal -
The linebacker was expected to test the market, but decided to remain with the Bills.

Bills, Milano agree to new four-year contract - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills and linebacker Matt Milano have agreed to a new four-year contract, keeping the linebacker off the free agent market this offseason,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Buffalo Bills sign LB Matt Milano to 4-year extension worth $44 million, source says - Buffalo Bills Blog
“The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a four-year contract extension with linebacker Matt Milano, the team announced on Thursday. The deal is worth $44 million with $24 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter,” writes Marcel Louis-Jaques.

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Milano will return to Buffalo on a four-year deal.

Bills resign Matt Milano: Latest free agency news, grades and analysis – The Athletic
“Here are the latest details on what the Bills have done, where the salary cap stands and what the moves mean to the big picture of the team’s 2021 plans,” writes Matthew Fairburn and Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

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The deal is reportedly worth $44.5 million over 4 years.

‘I thought he was sure as gone’: Bills fans overjoyed that Matt Milano is staying | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Linebacker Matt Milano is staying with the Bills on a four-year contract, and Bills fans were ecstatic on Twitter.”

LB Tremaine Edmunds ready for a breakout

Bills’ Tremaine Edmunds: ‘People that are sleeping on me, I’m gonna wake ‘em all up’ -
The Bills have until May 3 to exercise fifth-year option on Edmunds and QB Josh Allen.

Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds: ‘I still have a lot more room to grow’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The people that are sleeping on me, I’m going to wake ‘em up and show them what I can do,” Edmunds said.

Bills courting Carlos Dunlap, Xavier Rhodes, Denico Autry

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Free agency begins next week and Dunlap and Rhodes are top FAs at their positions of edge rusher and cornerback.

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Autry could be part of Buffalo’s plan to improve their pass rush.

Predicting Buffalo’s offseason course

Bills mock offseason 2021: Predicting free agent signings, cuts and draft picks – The Athletic
“We attempt to predict how the Bills will approach the next two months in a full-scale mock offseason that includes veteran cuts, potential extensions, free-agency signings, trades and draft picks,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

GM for a Day: Charting a course for Bills’ 2021 offseason | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Preparing for my fifth annual ‘GM for a Day’ column has been a chore this offseason. Even sitting in Beane’s chair for one day drives home the challenges the Buffalo GM faces in the coming months,” writes Jay Skurski.

Bills free agents: With limited cap room, high-end edge rusher could be out of reach | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Edge rusher has been universally identified as the Bills’ most pressing offseason need. How they go about filling it is less clear,” writes Vic Carucci.

With John Brown gone, a case for re-signing Isaiah McKenzie

Bills should prioritize re-signing WR Isaiah McKenzie - Democrat & Chronicle
“With John Brown gone, Bills should consider re-signing Isiah McKenzie,” writes Sal Maiorana.

Odds and ends

John Brown on Bills’ release: ‘We were never even given a heads-up’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“In two seasons with the Bills, Brown caught 105 passes for 1,518 yards and nine touchdowns.”

John Brown wonders if Bills’ Josh Allen had input on release -
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