Money is tight at One Bills Drive but the Buffalo Bills did tender three of their restricted free agents on Monday. Defensive tackle Corbin Bryant, wide receiver Chris Hogan and right tackle Jordan Mills all received qualifying offers from the team.
Safety Bacarri Rambo, inside linebacker Ty Powell and defensive tackle Stefan Charles were not tendered, though the team still has time to address one, two or all three before the March 9 deadline at 4 p.m.
The deadline for restricted free agents to sign their offer sheets is April 22. Hogan received the low tender at $1.671 million, and it's likely that Bryant and Mills both received low tenders as well. Add it all up and the Bills will roughly have about $7 million in cap space with free agency set to open soon where both guard Richie Incognito and inside linebacker Nigel Bradham are set to be unrestricted free agents.
All three RFA's tendered Monday were regulars on last season's 8-8 team.
Bryant filled in for the injured Kyle Williams at defensive tackle, finishing with a career-high 45 tackles (24 solo). Hogan caught 36 passes for 450 yards and two touchdowns. And Mills, a midseason pick-up, filled in for Seantrel Henderson at right tackle to start five games and could push to start in 2016. Buffalo has the right of first refusal with any team looking to sign these three, but one source indicated there could be a market for the receiver Hogan.
Because Hogan was undrafted the Bills would not receive any draft compensation if a team signed him to a better deal. Both Bryant and Hogan have expressed optimism about the Bills' direction leading up to this point with Bryant saying he wants to be part of the solution up front.
"A guy who’s been out there,” Bryant said of himself. “A guy who’s seen a lot. A guy who can break down film really well. A guy who knows the different tricks of the trade to figure out what teams are doing. And also, a physical presence out there as well. All the different parts that we have, everybody brings something great to the table and that’s what’s exciting.”
Hogan insists he's out to prove himself all over again wherever he's at this summer, admitting he might've been a bit too lax last summer.
"Maybe there was a point in camp where I was a little too relaxed,” Hogan said, “or my mind wasn’t all completely there. It’s something I really reflected on this offseason. I want to get back to being that kid nobody knew – the kid who had to work his butt off to get to where he is today.
“That’s the person that I want to be.”