The Buffalo Bills have decisions to make on tendering offers to restricted free agents by 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday. They made decisions on three of those players on Monday afternoon, securing the negotiating rights to defensive lineman Corbin Bryant, wide receiver Chris Hogan, and offensive tackle Jordan Mills.
Four more restricted free agents - tight end MarQueis Gray, defensive lineman Stefan Charles, linebacker Ty Powell, and safety Bacarri Rambo - remain untendered with the start of the new league year quickly approaching.
Bryant, Hogan, and Mills were all significant role players for the Bills last season, with Bryant eventually emerging as a quality starter filling in for the injured Kyle Williams. Hogan has carved out a niche as a sub-package receiver and special teams player, while Mills figures to factor into the pending battle for the starting right tackle job next season.
It's likely, though not confirmed, that all three players were tendered at the lowest value of $1.67 million. Any of the three players could sign a richer offer with another team - it's possible that Hogan and Bryant could draw enough interest - and the Bills would then have the right of first refusal in that scenario. If they match, that salary counts against the salary cap. If they don't match, they won't receive any compensation.
Of the four players that remain without a tender offer, Rambo's name is the most surprising, given how big a role he played in the Bills' defensive backfield last season. Powell has also been expected to stick around, though the Bills could try to work out a multi-year deal at less money to keep the reserve linebacker coming off of an ACL tear.