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Buffalo Bills free agents 2016: Richie Incognito headlines updated list

NFL free agency begins this Wednesday afternoon, and the Buffalo Bills currently have 15 players with expiring contracts - though they'd like to lower that number by at least one before 4:00 p.m. ET on March 9.

Welcome to free agency week, Buffalo Bills fans! As you mentally prepare for the start of the new league year at 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 9 - that date and time doubles as the start of 2016 NFL free agency - here's an updated list of Bills free agents as a refresher for the rest of the week. Which player should the team re-sign first?

Already re-signed

OT Cordy Glenn: The Bills placed the franchise tag on their starting left tackle early last week, and by the end of said week, Glenn had signed his $13.7 million franchise tender. He's officially under contract for the 2016 season, and the Bills will try to lock Glenn up to a long-term contract extension (thereby reducing his 2016 cap figure) by the July 15 deadline.

Unrestricted Free Agents

QB Josh Johnson: A mid-season signing last season due to his familiarity with Greg Roman's offense, Johnson spent all but one game as a healthy scratch, and is unlikely to return with the team hoping to draft a rookie to develop.

WR Percy Harvin: Bills brass has been asked about Harvin numerous times this offseason; the team seems willing to entertain bringing the veteran receiver back, but they also seem to have doubts about whether or not Harvin wants to continue his playing career after another injury-shortened season.

WR Leonard Hankerson: Signed late in the season for a quick look, Hankerson could be brought back, but only to compete with the likes of Jarrett Boykin and Greg Little for a deep reserve spot on the roster.

OG Richie Incognito: Clearly the Bills' top priority at this point, there have been mixed reports on how close the team may or may not be to re-signing their 33-year-old starting left guard. They'd very much like to do so, given that Incognito so snugly fits their offensive identity and is coming off of a Pro Bowl campaign.

DL Alex Carrington: A quad injury cut short a season in which Carrington may very well have been a high-volume role player for the team. Time will tell whether or not the Bills want him back in that same role; the odds don't seem to favor that outcome.

LB Nigel Bradham: Linebacker is one of the Bills' top question marks heading into the offseason, and Bradham's potential departure is a part of that picture. If the Bills let him walk, they face the prospect of replacing him with either a lower-tier free agent, a drafted rookie, or reserve Ty Powell, who is also a free agent and is coming off of an ACL tear.

CB Ron Brooks: The fifth-year corner spent most of his four seasons in Buffalo as a special teams player and deep reserve, and it doesn't seem as if the team is going to prioritize bringing him back when they have money tied up in more important specialists.

Restricted Free Agents

WR Chris Hogan: Splitting time between the third and fourth receiver positions over the last two years, Hogan has established himself as a quality special teams player that can also impact a game from time to time as a blocker and a slot receiver. The Bills might, however, ultimately want a bit more explosiveness in that role.

TE MarQueis Gray: He had a shot at establishing himself as a top reserve last season, but an early-season injury landed him on IR, paving the way for Chris Gragg to claim that role. Gray seems to be on his way to a new city.

OT Jordan Mills: The Bills' starting right tackle for the last five games of the season is a good candidate to return to the club, considering the major question marks at right tackle and the comfort level that the coaching staff seems to have in him.

DL Corbin Bryant: Brass tacks, Bryant was one of the Bills' best defensive players during the 2015 regular season. It's not clear whether or not he fits into the long-term schematic plan for Rex Ryan, but if the Bills let Bryant walk, they'll be losing a heck of a quality reserve.

DL Stefan Charles: A reserve on a talented defensive line for the past three years, Charles was one of the many players who suffered a downturn in production from 2014 to 2015. If the Bills are prioritizing their two RFA defensive linemen, Charles is a clear second on the list.

LB Ty Powell: He was on track to have a highly impressive training camp last season, but tore his ACL during a special teams drill early in camp and was lost for the season. The Bills would like to bring him back for special teams purposes, as well as to bolster depth at one of their biggest need areas.

Bacarri Rambo: The fan favorite with the fun surname had a solid 2015 campaign in which he improved throughout the year. He has athletic limitations, but he also has a nose for the football, and that alone could make him a priority re-signing for Ryan and the Bills.

Exclusive Rights Free Agent

RB Cierre Wood: He started the year on the practice squad, then appeared briefly in one game before landing on IR with a knee injury. The Bills could have depth concerns early in the 2016 season at running back, so it's not out of the question that Wood will be back to compete in camp next summer.