The Buffalo Bills are in for a more quiet offseason in 2023 than last year’s.
“There is not going to be a Von Miller signing,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane told reporters on Tuesday morning. “We’re going to have to work to get under the cap.”
When asked if the Bills should look into helping Josh Allen out with a better offensive line, for example,
“If it was college, I’d love to get as many five-stars as we can,” Beane said. “But it’s the cap, it’s the Draft, we will have to work through that. What pieces can we get?”
Beane also mentioned they’re set to lose free agents on both sides of the ball.
“It’s the reality, we’ll see which ones we can get back.”
It’s a long, long list of free agents, too.
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LB Tremaine Edmunds
QB Case Keenum
S Jordan Poyer
OL Rodger Saffold
DT Jordan Phillips
DE Shaq Lawson
LB Tyler Matakevich
WR Jamison Crowder
OL David Quessenberry
RB Taiwan Jones
P Sam Martin
OL Greg Van Roten
OL Ike Boettger
WR Jake Kumerow
S Dean Marlowe.
But don’t be fooled.
The Bills need to get better and while some act like the window for a Super Bowl is closing, the reality is that with Josh Allen at quarterback, they’re well-positioned to have a seat at the table for years to come.
But again, they must get better.
Teams that reach that status of being “eternal contenders” find ways to make the salary cap work.
Although it’s often used by front offices as an excuse to not get help or as a negotiation tactic, multiple teams around the NFL have proven time and time again the cap is highly manipulable.
Especially when you have a quarterback like Josh Allen to build around that makes you comfortable to keep kicking the can down the road.
It will be a challenge for Brandon Beane and the Bills front office. And while it makes sense to dismiss a splash signing like Von Miller’s last year, they must find ways to improve the team around Allen while keeping as many contributors as possible.
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