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Buffalo Bills Links, 3/9: Ticket prices increase for Bills fans

Plus, a look at the state of the interior defensive linemen

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we break down the news that, after a 2020 NFL season played during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bills will be raising ticket prices for the 2021 season.

We also take a look at the state of the interior defensive linemen, analyze the 2020 performances for defensive tackles Quinton Jefferson and Vernon Butler, offer up contract projections for Buffalo’s free agents, assess the Bills’ key needs in free agency, identify which potential free-agent tight ends could be signed, discuss how general manager Brandon Beane can create some salary cap space, and much more!

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Buffalo Bills ticket prices will increase by roughly $8 per game in 2021 - Buffalo Rumblings
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Additional Bills news from the web

Bills raising ticket prices for 2021

Bills ticket prices will increase for 2021 season - Democrat & Chronicle
“Bills ticket prices increasing for 2021 season but remain among NFL’s cheapest,” writes Sal Maiorana.

Bills to increase season-ticket prices an average of $8 per game in 2021 | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“In a letter going to season ticket holders Monday, the team will break down the increase, which on an overall weighted average comes out to $8.02 per seat, per game,” writes Jay Skurski.

Buffalo Bills increasing season-ticket prices in 2021 -
The average non-club ticket is expected to be $82.14 in 2021.

Bills finalize season ticket pricing for 2021 - WGR 550
“The Buffalo Bills have finalized their season-ticket price packaging for the 2021 season, increasing the overall price per ticket by an average of 8.6% from 2020,” writes Sal Capaccio.

Buffalo Bills To Announce Reasonable Season Ticket Increases - Buffalo Fanatics - Buffalo Bills
“That would still leave the Bills in the bottom quarter of the league in average ticket pricing,” writes Steve Mathes.

Assessing Buffalo’s needs in free agency

Bills free agency needs: Offensive line, linebacker could be priorities – The Athletic
From offensive line to cornerback, here are the top five positions the Bills could look at fortifying when free agency begins. (Subscription required).

GM Brandon Beane weighs these objectives when planning for the 2021 NFL free agency period -
The Bills’ general manager appeared on two national podcasts within the past month and talked about his philosophy to this year’s unconventional free-agency process.

Bills free-agents: Replacing Matt Milano could result in downgrade at linebacker | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Matt Milano might very well be the best linebacker in the NFL free-agent market,” writes Vic Carucci.

Salary-cap series: Middle-class free agents facing salary squeeze | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“It means veteran players hitting the market who are not stars will feel the pinch,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Potential free-agent tight end targets

Bills tight end targets: Hunter Henry, Zach Ertz could be candidates – The Athletic
“With free agency only days away, we took an in-depth look at the film of some of the better fits for the Bills and how each might fit into their goals for the offense with quarterback Josh Allen,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required).

Ways to create salary cap space

Salary cap analysis: What are the ways Bills GM Brandon Beane can create space | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has a lot of levers that he can pull to create space under a tight salary cap this season,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Bills rework Mitch Morse’s contract, center takes $2 million pay cut in 2021 (Report) -
Morse is entering the third year of his contract with Bills that was originally worth $44.5 million.

Does Devin Singletary’s role shrink in 2021?

Sneaky Joe: What happens to Devin Singletary? - WGR 550
Maybe Devin Singletary’s role on the Bills isn’t so safe for 2021.

Will the Bills use the franchise tag?

Bills probably aren’t using any tags on free agents - Democrat & Chronicle
“As NFL’s tag deadline approaches, Bills aren’t likely to utilize one,” writes Sal Maiorana.

Odds and ends

Bills’ Stefon Diggs crushed two hard-to-hit contract incentives to get raise for 2021 | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Diggs’ salary went up $658,333 because he reached the incentive that called for him to catch 100 passes in 2020,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Micah Hyde, basking in Bills’ success, has warning for anyone disrespecting Buffalo -
Hyde signed two-year extension last week and has DMs open for any free agents who want to give Buffalo a try.

Kim Pegula: Bills’ success in 2020 set the ‘floor’ for expectations moving forward | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
“Just like the rest of the NFL world, Kim Pegula can only watch and wait,” writes Jay Skurski.

Kim Pegula offers advice to young women, talks goals for Bills in 2021 + more -
Owner and President of the Buffalo Bills Kim Pegula joins “Good Morning Football.”

Bills owner Kim Pegula says 2020 team ‘set the floor’ for Buffalo -
“Bills owner Kim Pegula, joining NFL Network’s Good Morning Football to celebrate International Women’s Day, said her team’s goal is to use the accomplishments (from the 2020 season) as a jumping board,” writes Kevin Patra.

Bills’ stadium updates, Sabres’ myriad problems: Tim Graham’s The Satchel is back – The Athletic
“Bills fans are chill. They don’t have anything to kvetch about thanks to remarkable stability,” writes Tim Graham. (Subscription required).

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper ranks Josh Allen as his 10th highest-graded QB ever | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly ranked No. 5. And a third Bills QB also made his list.

Josh Allen Bills autographed rookie card goes for six-figures in auction -
Card collecting is not just a hobby anymore. One Josh Allen card recently sold for six figures in an auction.

Josh Allen rookie card sells for more than $210,000 - WGR 550
Josh Allen’s 2020 breakout season did not just enhance his own value, but also the value of any memorabilia of the Buffalo Bills quarterback.