The Buffalo Bills might be making a move for a big upgrade at right tackle.
According to former NFL front-office executive Michael Lombardi, the team is actively pursuing Baltimore's Ricky Wagner in free agency, which opens at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Buffalo and Chicago all over Rickey Wagner from Baltimore. He is about to blow the right tackle market up...
— michael lombardi (@mlombardiNFL) March 8, 2017
As Lombardi alluded to, the price tag for Wagner won't be small. The contract website spotrac.com forecasts he could land a deal in the range of $7 million annually. With less than $21 million heading into the start of free agency, it's likely the Bills would need to back load the salary cap charges to sign Wagner. That's particularly true if the Bills land Wagner's Ravens teammate, Pro Bowl fullback Kyle Juszczyk, as it's been reported they are the favorites to do.
Wagner, 27, is a former fifth-round draft pick who has appeared in 62 games over the past four seasons, with 47 starts. He has some familiarity with Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who was on Baltimore's staff as the quarterbacks coach in 2014.
Buffalo's starter at right tackle in 2016, Jordan Mills, is an unrestricted free agent.