The Buffalo Bills have four exclusive rights free agents on their roster heading into 2015 NFL free agency. On Thursday, the team tendered offers to three of them: wide receivers Chris Hogan and Justin Brown, and defensive lineman Corbin Bryant. The fourth, kickoff specialist Jordan Gay, did not receive a tender offer.
Hogan is by far the most notable name on that list, as he spent the majority of the 2014 season as the team's No. 3 receiver. He was a favorite target of departed quarterback Kyle Orton, catching 41 passes for 509 yards and four touchdowns last season. Hogan is also one of the team's most-used players on special teams, which adds to his value.
Bryant was also a fairly major contributor for the Bills last season, working in regularly as a reserve defensive tackle and also serving as a lead blocker on the team's kick return unit. He will return in 2015 to compete for a depth spot yet again; it'd be the same role he has now held for two seasons in Buffalo.
Brown is a 6'3" project receiver, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, that the Bills claimed on waivers in early February. We talked about him here when that happened, if you're looking for a bit more background info.
If the Bills want to retain the exclusive negotiating rights to Gay, they can, as they have until 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 10 to extend these offers. Gay enjoyed a solid season as the Bills' kickoff specialist in 2014, even as fans debated on a daily basis the necessity of employing a kickoff specialist to begin with. If the Bills don't make an effort to keep Gay around, that might give us some insight into how Rex Ryan views the position.