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Free agency focus: What to do with TE Chris Gragg

Unrestricted free agency opens in the NFL with the start of the new league year on March 9. With 22 players set to hit the open market, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of decisions to make between now and then. The Buffalo News will take a look at each player with an expiring contract, and offer a verdict on what the team should do. Next: Leger Douzable.

Position: Tight end. Age: 26. 2016 stats: N/A (injured).

Working in his favor: Before he got hurt, Gragg had established himself as the clear No. 2 tight end on the roster behind starter Charles Clay. After Gragg went down, Nick O'Leary took over that job, but wasn't particularly impressive. Depth behind Clay remains a need, particularly if project Logan Thomas doesn't pan out.

Working against him: Gragg did little in his first three seasons to establish himself as a crucial part of the offense. He has 24 catches for 251 yards and two touchdowns in 32 career games, and is now coming off a torn ACL. He has not set himself apart as either a matchup problem as a receiver or dominant blocker, and does not play a big role on special teams.

Verdict: Coming off a serious injury, Gragg won't command a big salary. Maybe it says more about the players he was competing against, but before he got hurt in training camp, it was clear he should be the No. 2 tight end. If the Bills want to bring him back to compete for a reserve role, they shouldn't have any trouble getting him re-signed. It would not be a huge loss if he were to sign elsewhere, though. Given the lack of draft picks to add depth, keeping Gragg around isn't a bad idea.

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