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Buffalo Bills Links, 3/6: Micah Hyde inks contract extension

Plus, an early look at predicting Buffalo’s 53-man roster for 2021.

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The Buffalo Bills locked up standout safety Micah Hyde for two more years with a contract extension on Friday. In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we break down Hyde’s contract extension, which will keep him in Buffalo through the 2023 season.

We put center Mitch Morse under the microscope, analyzing how he fared during the 2020 season while offering up opinion pieces about why the Bills shouldn’t create another hole along the offensive line by releasing Morse this offseason.

We also take a stab at predicting what Buffalo’s 53-man roster could look like this fall, identify three potential salary cap casualties the Bills should consider signing, discuss whether the Bills would be better off signing Kyle Rudolph or Jonnu Smith to upgrade over Dawson Knox at tight end, speculate on whether it’s a guarantee that Buffalo will pick up linebacker Tremaine Edmunds’s fifth-year option, and more!

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Additional Bills news from the web

Micah Hyde signs extension through 2023 season

Bills sign safety Micah Hyde to two-year contract extension | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The deal, which keeps Hyde with the Bills through 2023, is worth $19.5 million, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media,” writes Vic Carucci.

Bills announce 2-year extension for safety Micah Hyde -
Hyde was entering the final year of his deal in 2021. He’s now signed through the 2023 season.

Micah Hyde signs two-year extension with Bills - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills have signed safety Micah Hyde to a two-year contract extension, the team announced on Friday,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Buffalo Bills extend contract of safety Micah Hyde through 2023 - Buffalo Bills blog
The Buffalo Bills gave Micah Hyde a two-year contract extension on Friday, locking up the safety through 2023.

Micah Hyde and the Bills agree to a two-year contract extension -
Hyde will be under contract in Buffalo through 2023.

Micah Hyde: “Buffalo is Where I Want to Be” -
Bills safety Micah Hyde discusses how important it was for him to get a deal done early into the offseason, his viewpoint on the current state of the team as its been constructed by GM Brandon Beane, and more.

Early predictions about Buffalo’s 53-man roster

Bills 2021 roster projection, including potential free agent adds and draft picks – The Athletic
“Ahead of free agency, here’s our first crack at projecting the Bills’ 2021 roster,” writes Matthew Fairburn. (Subscription required).

Which soon-to-be-released players should the Bills consider signing?

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A lot of talent is going to get cut across the league ahead of free agency.

Upgrading the tight end position

Do Bills need upgrade at tight end? Debating Kyle Rudolph vs. Jonnu Smith vs. Dawson Knox -
Brandon Beane: “It was never where the opposing defense was like, ‘Man, we’ve got to stop their tight ends from going off.’”

One expert’s mock draft has Buffalo adding talented RB at pick No. 30

ESPN’s Todd McShay has Bills selecting Clemson running back in first round | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“ESPN’s Todd McShay has the Buffalo Bills taking a running back in his latest mock draft, using the 30th overall pick on Clemson’s Travis Etienne.”

Is it a lock the Bills will pick up LB Tremaine Edmunds’s fifth-year option?

Bills offseason questions: Is it guaranteed that Tremaine Edmunds’ option will be picked up? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Because Edmunds was named to the Pro Bowl for the 2020 season, his fifth-year option will be equal to the transition tag for a linebacker in the 2021 season – projected to be about $13.4 million,” writes Jay Skurski.

Odds and ends

Bills offseason questions: Bills must hope Jerry Hughes follows edge-rush age trend | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Age 33 has not been a production barrier for defensive ends in the way it has been at running back and cornerback,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Report: Bills will add $5.8 million to 2021 salary cap | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“The Buffalo Bills have a better idea of how much money they’ll be able to spend in 2021,” writes Jay Skurski.

Report: Former Carolina Panthers punter Michael Palardy set to visit Bills | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Palardy could be a potential offseason leg. The Bills under Beane and McDermott have traditionally signed offseason and training camp competition for their kicker and punter,” writes Jay Skurski.

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