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Buffalo Bills' RT job could be open to competition, says Doug Whaley

What will happen for the Bills at right tackle if Seantrel Henderson (Crohn's disease) isn't ready to play at the start of the 2016 season? GM Doug Whaley spoke to that end this week.

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley has made it clear on numerous occasions already this offseason that the team will try to retain their two best offensive linemen, left tackle Cordy Glenn and left guard Richie Incognito, before either hits unrestricted free agency in March.

What of the right tackle position, though? Two-year starter Seantrel Henderson is battling Crohn's disease, Cyrus Kouandjio evidently has a "maintenance issue" with his knee that prevented him from realizing his potential last season, and five-game starter Jordan Mills is scheduled for restricted free agency.

Whaley was asked about that position on The John Murphy Show from the Senior Bowl on Wednesday evening, and did not seem overly concerned about needing to find another player at that position.

"Jordan Mills is a restricted free agent, so we can tender him, and have him. And then between him and Kouandjio, you'll have two guys battling right there," Whaley told Murphy. "We'll see what happens with (Henderson's) medical issue, but we're crossing our fingers and hoping he can come back to full strength - and then we'll have three, so we’ll have some depth there if he comes back."

Henderson, who reportedly dropped 20 pounds and was hospitalized during the season, will probably walk back into the starting lineup if medically cleared by the time 2016 training camp rolls around this summer. But even if he doesn't, Whaley sounds pretty content to let Mills and Kouandjio battle for the starting job heading into the 2016 regular season.