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Buffalo Bills Links, 3/19: Mitchell Trubisky signs with the Bills

Plus, what key free-agent signing do the Bills still need to make?

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General manager Brandon Beane continues to be a busy man during NFL free agency. In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we break down the news that Beane has signed Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, to serve as Josh Allen’s backup for 2021 on a one-year deal.

We also discuss the news that starting cornerback Levi Wallace and special teams ace Taiwan Jones are returning to the Bills, check in on the trade rumors involving Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz, speculate on the one remaining free-agency move the Bills need to make, analyze what the return of defensive tackle Star Lotulelei will mean for Buffalo’s defense, and much more!

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Buffalo Bills sign Mitchell Trubisky - Buffalo Rumblings
There’s a new (backup) sheriff in town.

Buffalo Bills re-sign cornerback Levi Wallace - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills are bringing back last year’s CB2 on a one-year deal.

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The Eagles aren’t budging yet.

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Buffalo Bills re-sign RB/ST Taiwan Jones - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms with running back and special teamer Taiwan Jones according to general manager Brandon Beane, who announced the move in his press conference this afternoon.

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A week ago, the Buffalo Bills had glaring holes at linebacker, right tackle, cornerback, right guard, punter, kick returner, tight end, and defensive tackle. In the intervening seven days, the majority of those holes have been closed, but some still remain.

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Former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson signs with Las Vegas Raiders - Buffalo Rumblings
Jefferson is the second former Bill to head to Vegas this week.

Additional Headlines from the web

Bills add former No. 2 overall pick Mitchell Trubisky as backup QB

Bills sign Mitchell Trubisky to be Josh Allen’s backup - Democrat & Chronicle
The former Chicago Bears QB was selected No. 2 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Bills sign QB Mitch Trubisky: Latest free agency news, grades and analysis – The Athletic
The latest details on what the Bills have done, where the cap stands and what the moves mean to the big picture of the team’s plan. (Subscription required).

Bills sign former Bears QB Mitchell Trubisky to 1-year deal -
“The Buffalo Bills are signing former Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who was the 2nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft,” writes Matt Parrino.

Bills sign quarterback Mitchell Trubisky to one-year deal - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills announced Thursday the signing of free agent quarterback, and former No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mitchell Trubisky to a one-year contract,” writes Brayton J. Wilson.

Bills sign former No. 2 overall draft pick Mitch Trubisky as backup quarterback | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
The Bills have signed quarterback Mitch Trubisky to a one-year contract.

Buffalo Bills, Mitchell Trubisky agree to 1-year deal -
Mitchell Trubisky, who lost the starting job to Nick Foles with the Bears last season before reclaiming it, has reached a one-year deal with the Bills to serve as the backup to Josh Allen.

Mitchell Trubisky gives Bills an instant upgrade at backup quarterback – The Athletic
Allen is prone to take big hits with his keep-the-play-alive-at-all-costs mentality, which makes Trubisky valuable insurance. (Subscription required).

Bills signing Mitch Trubisky shows ‘there isn’t a better run football organization in the NFL’ (Top reactions) -
The Bills received some high praise for signing Mitchell Trubisky to be Josh Allen’s backup.

Bills agree to terms with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky -
The Bills have added a quarterback to the roster in the 2021 free-agency period.

Levi Wallace returning to Buffalo

Levi Wallace returns to Bills, plans to win Super Bowl with team -
Wallace has plenty of starting experience and will push Dane Jackson for the team’s No. 2 cornerback job.

Bills re-sign cornerback Levi Wallace -WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms on a new one-year contract with cornerback Levi Wallace, the team announced on Wednesday,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Bills agree to terms on contract with cornerback Levi Wallace | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Levi Wallace is staying put,” writes Vic Carucci.

Bills agree to terms with CB Levi Wallace -
The Bills cornerback will return to Buffalo on a one-year deal

The latest on the Zach Ertz trade rumors

NFL trade rumors: Bills won’t up offer for Eagles’ Zach Ertz -
Bills reportedly hoping to add a tight end in free agency or via trade.

Odds and ends

Bills free agency questions: What key signing do they still need to make? – The Athletic
Plus, which of the Patriots’ signings is scariest for the Bills? And what position might they target in the first round of the draft? (Subscription required).

Andrew Cuomo brings Bills Stadium one step closer to rocking - WGR 550
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday Yankees and Mets fans could watch their teams play in person this season. That means we’re on track for Bills Mafia to return in full to Orchard Park this fall.

What Star Lotulelei’s return means for the Bills’ defensive line – The Athletic
If the Bills are serious about upgrading the defensive line, Lotulelei’s return should be only one piece of that plan. (Subscription required).

Notebook: Bills name Mark Carrier their new player engagement director | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Carrier last worked in Carolina, where he overlapped with general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott.

Wyche shares the 'slick' free-agent signing that keeps the Bills as AFC East favorites -
“NFL Network's Steve Wyche and Jim Trotter discuss why the Buffalo Bills are still the favorite in the AFC East for the 2021 season.”

Running back Taiwan Jones returning to Buffalo Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Jones, who returned to the Bills on a one-year deal before last season, played on 47% of the special teams snaps in 13 games in 2020.”

Analysis: Emmanuel Sanders offers Bills one-year upgrade at WR | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“As long as he doesn’t hit an “age wall,” Emmanuel Sanders should be a slight upgrade on John Brown at wide receiver for the Buffalo Bills,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Bills, Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula offers support for Asian American community after Atlanta attack | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“A white gunman was charged Wednesday with killing eight people at three Atlanta-area massage parlors.”