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Bills' offseason monitor: Keep track of free agency, draft and personnel moves

Here is your one-stop shopping for the key developments in the Bills offseason from BNblitz.com. This page will be updated throughout the offseason as developments warrant.

NFL DRAFT

Thursday, April 26, through Saturday, April 28

Here's the full 2018 NFL Draft order; the Buffalo Bills have eight picks. Jay Skurski took an early look at how the first round of the NFL Draft may unfold in April.

Bills picks:

Round 1: 12 (from Cincinnati) and 22 (from Kansas City)

Round 2: 53 and 56 (from Los Angeles Rams)

Round 3: 65 (from Cleveland) and 96 (from Philadelphia)

Round 5: 166 (from Jacksonville)

Round 6: 187 (from Cincinnati)

Is moving up in the draft for a QB too pricey for the Bills? Nick Veronica took a look at what it would cost to make any trade in the NFL Draft with this interactive NFL Draft pick simulator. Here's what it could look like if the Bills trade up for the No. 5 pick. And here's how much a trade up for the No. 2 draft pick could look like. 

Play our NFL Draft trade simulator

News Bills writers Jay Skurski and Vic Carucci have taken opposing views on the Bills' potential draft strategy.

Who do you agree with?

NFL DRAFT PREVIEWS

Our position-by-position preview of the 2018 NFL Draft: 

• Top 10 Running backs and where the Bills stand

• Top 10 wide receivers and where the Bills stand

• Top 10 offensive tackles and where the Bills stand

• Top 10 tight ends and where the Bills stand

• Top 10 interior OL and where the Bills stand

• Top 10 cornerbacks and where the Bills stand 

 Top 10 safeties and where the Bills stand

 Top 10 outside linebackers and where the Bills stand 

 Top 10 inside linebackers and where the Bills stand

• Top 10 defensive ends and where the Bills stand

• Top 10 defensive tackles and where the Bills stand

PATH TO THE PASSER

Our series looking at options to be the next Bills quarterback:

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

Josh Allen, Wyoming

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State

Josh Rosen, UCLA 

• Sam Darnold, USC

AJ McCarron, Bills

Lamar Jackson, Louisville

• Middle to late round quarterback prospects 

• Quarterback consultants 

How much does a strong arm matter? 

SCOUTING COMBINE

Feb. 27-March 5

•  Lamar Jackson says he's a quarterback, shoots down receiver talk

Baker Mayfield says he's turn Browns around

Sam Darnold, Lamar Jackson measure up

Josh Allen shows off big arm in QB work

Is Stanford's Harrison Phillips the next Kyle Williams?

Terry Pegula takes part in player interviews at Scouting Combine

• Combine notebook: Injury updates on Zay Jones and Kelvin Benjamin

• Sean McDermott Q&A: Bills not as far along as some people think

• Brandon Beane Q&A: Bills GM on new CB, ransoms, combine

How to watch the NFL combine 

• Why the NFL scouting process still matters in the giant NFL draft process 

Breaking down the drills in the NFL combine 

Why do NFL Draft prospects run the 40-yard dash?

 The side of the NFL Combine you don't see? The medical exams

What goes on in those 15-minute player interviews at the combine

19 quarterbacks invited to combine

Full list of invitees

PRO DAYS

After the combine, players return to their campuses for Pro Days. Here are the scheduled Pro Days for six of the top quarterback prospects:

Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma, March 14

Mason Rudolph, Oklahoma State, March 15

Josh Rosen, UCLA, March 15

Sam Darnold, USC, March 21

Lamar Jackson, Louisville, March 29

Josh Allen, Wyoming, March 23

FREE AGENCY ADDITIONS

League year began March 14 

QB AJ McCarron

DT Star Lotulelei

DL Trent Murphy

S Rafael Bush

C Russell Bodine

OT Marshall Newhouse

LB Julian Stanford

RB Chris Ivory

CB Vontae Davis

WR Kaelin Clay

CB Phillip Gaines

DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa

DE Terrence Fede

Free agency headlines

Fede provides depth, special teams help

Phillip Gaines joins Bills from Chiefs

Kaelin Clay returns to Buffalo

Bills bolster offensive line with Newhouse, Bodine

•  Veteran QB AJ McCarron signs two-year deal 

•  Addition of  Jets' Julian Stanford adds depth at linebacker

•  Bills bolster defensive line with Redskins DL Trent Murphy

• Bills to sign Panthers DT Star Lotulelei when free agency opens

•  Rafael Bush to sign with Bills to help depth in secondary

• Bills make another big trade, shipping LT Cordy Glenn to Bengals

• Bills trade Tyrod Taylor to Browns for third-round pick

• Bills agree to contract with cornerback Vontae Davis

• Running back Chris Ivory signs with Bills 

Bills sign former Giants DE Owa Odighizuwa

The Bills top 10 positional needs in free agency

 Free Agent Focus: Unusual number of starting-caliber QBs could be available

• Free agent Focus: Choices at receiver not overwhelming

• Free Agent Focus: One big fish, plenty of depth in running back pool

• Free Agent Focus: Offensive line offers plenty of talent

Free Agent Focus: Bills could use a 'Star' at defensive tackle

• Free agent focus: Bills could find some good secondary depth

• Free agent focus: A reunion with Nigel Bradham could help Bills at linebacker

Free agent Focus: Pass-rush market could offer Bills solid help

Bills unrestricted free agents

• SS Colt Anderson

• ILB Preston Brown -- Brown returns home to Cincinnati

• WR Jeremy Butler

• RB Travaris Cadet -- Cadet re-signs with Bills after gruesome injury

• CB E.J. Gaines -- Gaines signs wth Browns

• RT Seantrel Henderson -- OL depth takes hit as Henderson moves to Texans

• OLB Ramon Humber -- Humber re-signs with Bills

• CB Leonard Johnson

• RB Taiwan Jones -- Jones re-signs with Bills 

• WR Jordan Matthews -- Matthews joins Patriots

• WR Brandon Tate

• SS Shamarko Thomas

• WR Deonte Thompson -- Thompson heads to Dallas

• DT Cedric Thornton

• RB Mike Tolbert

• DT Kyle Williams -- Williams says Buffalo is home, re-signs with Bills

• CB Shareece Wright -- Wright returns to California roots with Raiders

• QB Joe Webb -- Versatile QB heads to Houston

Prioritizing the Bills 18 pending free agents

Bills' exclusive right free agents

Deadline to submit contract offers is March 14 (4 p.m.)

The Bills have four exclusive rights free agents. Here's what that means. They are:

• TE Nick O’Leary

• CB Lafayette Pitts

• TE Logan Thomas

• DE Eddie Yarbrough

 

FUTURE/RESERVE SIGNEES

The Bills signed nine of their own practice squad players to reserve/future contracts. They are:

• WR Quan Bray

• P Corey Carter

• TE Jason Croom

• RB Aaron Green

• OT Josh James

• DE Marquavius Lewis

• S Dean Marlowe

• C Adam Redmond

• WR Rod Streator

• OT De’Ondre Wesley

SALARY CAP

More space, but too much dead money: The Buffalo Bills will enter the 2018 free-agent shopping season in better salary-cap shape than in the past two years. They're still a long way from where Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott want to be in the cap department because they lead the NFL in dead cap money.

• Most expensive Bills represent team's pastOne look at the top seven players on the Buffalo Bills' salary table shows why the team still is a ways from title contention.

Youth equals value for Bills' cap: Players on their first NFL contract who start are like gold. The Bills aren't getting a steal on the order of some teams, but it's no surprise their rookie starters are among the top value players on the roster.

COACHING/STAFF CHANGES

For new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, returning to Buffalo 'means everything'

DL coach Mike Waufle retires; Bill Teerlinck promoted

In surprise, John Butler replaces Gill Byrd

Bills trainer Bud Carpenter retires; Shone Gipson let go

Personnel VP Brian Gaine named Texans GM

Bills hire Terry Robiskie as wide receivers coach

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