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a breakdown of the 2019 buffalo bills free agent signings.
john brown, wide receiver
The Bills announced Wednesday that they have signed Brown to a 3-year deal worth up to $27 million. Here’s a closer look at the wide receiver who spent last season with the Baltimore Ravens:
What it means: The Bills were interested in signing Brown last offseason, according to multiple reports, but the deal never materialized. instead the bills turn brown a year later as he will transition from a quarterback in lamar jackson who averaged just 22.6 pass attempts per start to josh allen who averaged 27.7 pass attempts per start last season but it is expected to release more next season to a restocked reception room. Brown’s speed (4.34 seconds on a 40-yard dash) is also attractive to Buffalo after Zay Jones and especially Kelvin Benjamin lacked the ability to make big plays last season. The hope for the Bills is that Allen, whose 10.54 passing yards average last season was second-highest in the NFL, and Brown’s speed can combine to force defenses to defend the ball deep at every turn. played.
What’s the risk?: Brown’s deal with Bills averages $9 million per season, putting him in the salary range of a low-end no. 1 wide receiver in the nfl. if the brown ends up being the number of the invoices. 1, and team officials have resisted using that tag on anyone this offseason, so the contract is a projection that the 28-year-old Brown will step up in his sixth NFL season. his 2015 season, when he caught 65 passes for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns, remains by far his best. Repeating his most recent seasons at Buffalo would be somewhat disappointing, though it’s still possible the Bills will tackle the wide receiver in April’s draft and Brown’s deal could allow them an early exit.
cole beasley, wide receiver
The Bills announced Wednesday that they have signed Beasley to a 4-year deal worth up to $29 million. Here’s a closer look at the wide receiver who spent the previous seven seasons with the Dallas Cowboys:
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what it means: For several seasons, bills have lacked a beasley-like slot receiver prototype. The Bills are likely hoping that offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, an assistant to the ex-Patriots, can use a reliable pass catcher in the slot the same way New England has used Julian Edelman, Wes Welker and others in the last two decades. On passes that traveled seven or fewer yards in the air last season, Allen finished 32nd in the NFL completing just 65.2 percent of those shots. That was partly the fault of Allen, who acknowledged last summer that short passes can trip up his arm cannon, but it was also a reflection of Bills lacking a player who can constantly open up underneath.
What’s the risk?: Turning 30 next month, Beasley is the second-oldest free-agent signing on the Bills this week behind Frank Gore, 35. No However, Beasley will receive one of the bills. ‘ Longer and richer deals with $14.4 million guaranteed, a source said. That presents two layers of risk to the buffalo: First, the risk that Beasley’s ability to get the split declines as he moves into his 30s. Second, there is a risk that Beasley will be overpaid for his respectable but unrevealing production in Dallas, and for the role he could have in Buffalo. Ultimately, Allen’s shaky accuracy and his propensity to throw deep could prevent Beasley from thriving in the same way slot catchers do elsewhere.
ty nsekhe, offensive tackle
the bills announced on Wednesday that they have signed nsekhe to a two-year deal worth up to $14.5 million. Here’s a closer look at the offensive tackle who spent the previous four seasons with the Washington Redskins:
what it means: This is an impressive late-career payday for nsekhe, who spent 2009-2012 in the arena football league before getting his first shot at the nfl with the Colts in 2012. He later spent time in the Canadian Soccer League and again in the AFL before settling into a swing tackle role with the Redskins in 2015. He was never a full-time starter for Washington, which had established starters in trent williams and morgan moses. however, he clearly played enough while making 16 starts for the Redskins to get on the bills’ radar. He projects to be the Bills’ starting right tackle, taking the job of now-free agent Jordan Mills. however, his versatility to play left tackle or guard could result in accounts being mixed up on his offensive line. 2017 second-round pick Dion Dawkins’ job at left tackle shouldn’t be considered rock-solid.
what’s the risk: The combination of age, cost and lack of initial experience are the three risk factors for the buffalo. Because she was slow to find a place in the NFL, nsekhe will turn 34 this October during what will be only her fifth full season. That means she’s unlikely to be the Bills’ long-term answer to the job in the way that Mitch Morse, another free agent who signs the Bills, is at the center. nsekhe’s agent said his contract includes a guaranteed $7.7 million, which is a sign of the bills’ faith that nsekhe will perform well as a full-time starter. if not, it will be an expensive backup. At $7.25 million per season, nsekhe’s salary is firmly among the mid-to-high-range starters at his position in the NFL.
kevin johnson, cornerback
The Bills announced Tuesday that they have signed Johnson to a one-year contract worth up to $3 million. Here’s a closer look at the cornerback who spent the previous four seasons with the Houston Texans:
what it means: Johnson didn’t have the impact the Texans wanted when they drafted him no. 16 overall in 2015 and he will have a chance to turn his career around at Buffalo. at best, he could earn no. The No. 2 cornerback job Buffalo tried (and failed) to fill with Vontae Davis and Phillip Gaines last season. At worst, Johnson could lose in the race for No. 2 job for Levi Wallace, who played well as an undrafted rookie last season. In either case, Johnson will bring a veteran presence to a position group in need. Tre’davious White, with only two NFL seasons under his belt, was the most experienced cornerback in the Bills (in terms of plays) prior to Johnson’s signing.
What’s the risk?: The obvious factor will be Johnson’s health after he played just one game last season following two concussions. he, too, was limited to six games in 2016 due to a foot injury. That unavailability appears to be reflected in Johnson’s contract, which guarantees him only his $400,000 signing bonus. that’s minimal financial risk for bills, though they could be devoting a roster spot to a player with a long injury history and passing up a player who might be more reliable. if wallace wins the no. 2 cornerback job but struggling, bills may hinge on johnson being a stopgap.
frank gore, runner
The Bills announced Wednesday that they have signed Gore to a one-year contract worth up to $2 million. Here’s a closer look at the running back who spent last season with the Miami Dolphins:
What it means: Unless there’s another move in the Bills’ backfield yet to happen, fans will be wondering why signing Gore was the right move. He turns 36 in May and joins fellow running backs Chris Ivory (30) and Lesean McCoy (30) as the three oldest running backs under contract in the NFL. It certainly could be valuable to bring Gore, who averaged 4.7 yards per carry last season for the Dolphins, on board. But unless that means Ivory or McCoy are removed from the roster, the positives Gore could bring risk being overshadowed by bills aging even further at a position that has gotten younger in the NFL. .
[updated] oldest nfl running backs under contract for 2019:1. frank gore, 35, ugh (5/14/83)2. chris ivory, 30, ugh (3/22/88)3. lesean mccoy, 30, ugh (12/7/88)4. andre ellington, 30, tb (3/2/89)5. burkhead rex, 28, ne (2/7/90)
what’s the risk: Financially, Gore’s contract seems low risk, even at his age. Details of the deal are yet to be reported, but Bills will likely have a way out if Gore appears to have missed a step during training camp this summer. The biggest risk to the Bills is if having Gore lessens the urgency to recruit and develop a younger running back who can be paired with quarterback Josh Allen for the future. Even if Gore is an upgrade over Ivory to back up McCoy next season, Bills risks entering 2020 with no answer at the position.
tyler kroft, tight end
the bills announced Wednesday that it has signed kroft to a three-year contract worth up to $21 million. Here’s a closer look at the tight end who spent the previous four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals:
what it means: The bills were in desperate need of the post after freeing charles clay last month. Clay, 30, caught just 21 passes last season for 184 yards and hadn’t caught a touchdown since Week 3 of 2017. Kroft, 26, gives the Bills a younger option with more potential. A broken foot limited him to just four receptions in five games last season, but Kroft caught 42 passes for 404 yards and a career-high 7 touchdowns while playing the entire 2017 season. Buffalo is confident that Kroft’s career will get back on track and that he will provide the presence in the red zone that Clay lacked.
What’s the risk?: Kroft’s deal averages $6.25 million and can top out at $7 million per season, a source said, putting him in the middle of the pack at wings closed nfl However, the deal is structured so that Buffalo will pay him $6.3 million up front in 2019 ($2.4 million signing bonus, $1.8 million guaranteed salary and $2.1 million roster bonus) with little financial commitment in 2020 or 2021. Upfront cost is something of a risk for the 2015 third-round pick whose career production to this point still leaves a lot to be desired, but the deal allows Buffalo an easy exit after one season. The Bills certainly expect Kroft to be on the upswing when he first hits free agency. At the moment, his other tight end under contract is Jason Croom, a 2017 undrafted rookie who debuted last season and caught 22 passes for 259 yards.
mitch morse, center
The Bills announced Wednesday that it has signed Morse to a four-year, $44.5 million contract. Here’s a closer look at the center who spent the previous four seasons with the Kansas City bosses:
what it means: all eyes were on the bills to sign one of the two best centers on the market: morse or matt paradis from denver. They got Morse’s services, which should make it easier for GM Brandon Beane to rest Monday night. After nine seasons (2009-17) of Eric Wood holding the center job, his sudden retirement last offseason due to a neck injury left the Accounts scrambling to replace him. Neither Russell Bodine nor Ryan Groy seemed to fill the job in a way that would make Buffalo comfortable with choosing Josh Allen long-term. Morse will be the centerpiece of an offensive line overhaul at Buffalo that also saw coach Juan Castillo fired this offseason and could also include the departures of right guard John Miller and right tackle Jordan Mills in free agency. Spencer Long, the former Jets center/guard who was signed by the Bills in February, is now the favorite to start at right guard.
What’s the risk?: Morse’s deal will average more than $11 million per season, making him the highest-paid center in football. There’s a level of risk inherent with that level of contract, but the Bills seemed comfortable devoting a portion of their $75 million in salary-cap space to the position. Beane spoke this offseason of preferring to hire a veteran center rather than draft one and have a rookie running offensive line communication. in that sense, the bills take a financial risk to mitigate the risk for the rest of the infraction if the center had remained a weak point.