The Buffalo Bills inked cornerback Mario Butler, running back Mike Gillislee, wide receiver Greg Salas and punter Colton Schmidt to undisclosed contract extensions on Monday, while also signing seven players to futures contracts.
All four re-signed showed the team enough to warrant a look into 2016, excelling through a rocky December.
The cornerback Butler had a game-saving pass break-up in Buffalo's 22-17 win over the New York Jets, dinging wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins just enough to break up a potential 77-yard touchdown with 17 seconds left. Gillislee, of course, was the December sensation with 267 yards on 47 carries (5.7 avg.) and three touchdowns (with a little help from Madden). Schmidt set a franchise record with a net average of 41.3 yards per punt.
And Salas, signed on Dec. 22, was the team's second-leading receiver on Sunday with three receptions for 41 yards.
"I think I made a positive impression and did well, did what I'm supposed to do for the two weeks I was here," Salas said on Monday. "That's all I could do and that's all I did."
Originally a fourth-round pick by the St. Louis Rams in 2011 after a 1,889-yard, 14-touchdown final season at Hawaii, Salas has played on six different teams. While Leonard Hankerson admitted he couldn't grasp the Bills offense in just a few days after signing, Salas was a little more used to bouncing around.
"I know what it takes to pick up something really fast," Salas said. "It's something I pride myself on and I was able to learn the position pretty quickly.
"There's opportunity everywhere. This is a strong receiving corps with a lot of good players so I don't know what's going to happen. We'll see."
After Leodis McKelvin's end zone interception on Sunday, Salas reached behind his body to make a critical 20-yard catch on third and 7 that kept a field goal drive alive. He has ideal size at 6 foot 2, 210 pounds, too.
What does he have to do to stick around?
"I don't know," Salas said with a chuckle. "If I had the answer, I'd do it. It's up to the people making decisions. All you can do is put your best foot forward."
Signing futures deals with the Bills were tight end Blake Annen, safety Jonathan Dowling, tight end Jacob Maxwell, center Ronald Patrick, defensive end Cedric Reed, guard Cyril Richardson and safety Philip Thomas.