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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 This page will be updated throughout the offseason as developments warrant.


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 


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


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


League year begins March 14 

•  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 

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 -- Browns returns home to Cincinnati

• WR Jeremy Butler

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

• CB E.J. Gaines

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

• OLB Ramon Humber

• CB Leonard Johnson

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

• WR Jordan Matthews

• WR Brandon Tate

• SS Shamarko Thomas

• WR Deonte Thompson

• 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

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


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)

Where the Bills rank in NFL Draft capital following the Tyrod Taylor trade


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


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.


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