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Buffalo Bills Links, 3/22: Bills successful in free agency

Plus, why Emmanuel Sanders was destined to play in Buffalo.

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Everyone knew the Buffalo Bills were going to be tight against the NFL’s salary cap this offseason, but in today’s edition of the Bills daily links, despite those cap limitations, we dive into how general manager Brandon Beane has enjoyed a successful start to free agency.

We discuss how Beane and the Bills will need to get creative with their contracts if they hope to make any future moves, hear why playing in Buffalo is a natural fit for veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, address how free-agent signee Jacob Hollister will bolster the tight ends, identify some relatively affordable free agents the Bills can still pursue to help at edge rusher, cornerback, and running back, review the performance and injury risk of newly signed backup quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, and more!

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2021 NFL Free Agency: Buffalo Bills will need to create cap space for more moves - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills are officially up against the NFL’s 2021 salary cap.

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A look at our shiny new backup QB. Well maybe not shiny.

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Injury analysis: 2021 NFL free agent Buffalo Bills TE Jacob Hollister - Buffalo Rumblings
Will Allen’s former college teammate be able to provide a spark?

2021 NFL Free Agency: Contract details for Buffalo Bills tight end Jacob Hollister - Buffalo Rumblings
At a bare minimum, the Buffalo Bills needed bodies at the tight end position heading into free agency with only Dawson Knox and Nate Becker on the active roster.

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The Bills had been reported as a suitor for the star tight end.

2021 NFL Free Agency: Andre Smith contract details - Buffalo Rumblings
The Buffalo Bills re-signed linebacker Andre Smith two weeks ago, but details have only just now become available on his contract.

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More on the Emmanuel Sanders signing

Bills’ Emmanuel Sanders ‘criminally under appreciated’ and a ‘steal,’ says scouts -
Scouts were high on the Bills’ free-agent addition at wide receiver.

Emmanuel Sanders excited about teaming with Josh Allen - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills have been trying to get Sanders to Buffalo for two years, and now he’s finally here to give Josh Allen another weapon.

Emmanuel Sanders’ first impression of Buffalo: ‘I already love this city’ | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Sanders also announced that he will wear No. 10,” writes Vic Carucci.

Why Emmanuel Sanders was bound to be a Buffalo Bill -
The new Bills wide receiver has a number of connections to the Bills and the city of Buffalo.

Bills bolster tight ends, add Jacob Hollister

Bills add depth at tight end, sign Jacob Hollister - Democrat & Chronicle
Buffalo signed former Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister, who was a former college teammate of QB Josh Allen at Wyoming.

Bills sign TE Jacob Hollister: 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 tight end Jacob Hollister - WGR 550
In the last two seasons with the Seahawks, Hollister caught six touchdowns.

Bills cover a base by signing TE Jacob Hollister, college teammate of Josh Allen | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Hollister, 6-foot-3 5/8 and 245 pounds, was the starting tight end at the University of Wyoming in Allen’s first year as a college starter, 2016,” writes Mark Gaughan.

The Bills agree to terms with tight end Jacob Hollister -
The Buffalo Bills and tight end Jacob Hollister have agreed to terms on a one-year deal.

5 thoughts and a grade on Buffalo Bills signing TE Jacob Hollister -
Hollister signs a 1-year deal with Buffalo, played with Josh Allen at Wyoming.

Bills reunite Jacob Hollister with Josh Allen: 4 things to know about new TE -
Hollister and Allen will look to pick up where they left off at Wyoming.

Why the Bills are free-agency winners

Bills Mailbag: Why the start of free agency has been a success, even without ‘blockbuster’ moves | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Jay Skurski talks about incentive-laden contracts, the latest on Star Lotulelei, the return of crowd noise and more in this week’s mailbag.

Remaining free-agent targets who fit Buffalo’s cap situation

Bills’ best remaining bargain options at positions of need, including RB and CB – The Athletic
The Bills’ roster as it stands is not a finished product. (Subscription required).

Timeline for a Josh Allen contract extension

Here’s when the Josh Allen extension talks will heat up - Democrat & Chronicle
Bills GM Brandon Beane acknowledged that the team wants to get Josh Allen’s contract extension worked out this spring,

Odds and ends

Beane expects Bills’ pass rush to be better, but who might they be able to add? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
If the Bills are still shopping for an edge rusher, some notable names remain available.

NFL Draft order set; Bills have seven picks | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The NFL has announced the full order for the 2021 NFL Draft, to be held in Cleveland on April 29-30 and May 1.”

2021 Mock Draft Watch 5.0 -
NFL Draft experts weigh in on who the Bills might take with the 30th overall pick.

Former Bills tight end Lee Smith pens thank you as second run in Buffalo ends | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
In his thank-you note, Smith called returning to Buffalo a second time “humbling and surreal.”