The Bills clearly like Ty Nsekhe. They signed him this offseason to a two-year deal worth $10 million. They gave him $3 million just for signing his contract and reportedly guaranteed his $3.2 million salary this season, too.
But if Nsekhe never plays a snap at left tackle, the Bills might be OK with that. That scenario would mean Dion Dawkins stepped up and won the job in training camp, then played well enough to keep the job all season.
"(Nsekhe's) presence appears to have ignited a greater sense of urgency in Dawkins," Mark Gaughan wrote while assessing the Bills' left tackle situation. Dawkins said he's down 6-9 pounds from last season and has put greater emphasis on taking care of his body, following the lead of Lorenzo Alexander.
Dawkins only missed two offensive snaps all of last year, but the team felt his performance dropped from his rookie season. He's no longer a lock to start, though he's expected to work with the first team when training camp opens.
Nsekhe will certainly have a shot to compete the a starting job and he has the talent to win it. But even if he never sees the field, signing him could still be $10 million well spent. If the veteran pushes Dawkins to become the best version of himself, brining him in was a great move for the team.
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