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Buffalo Bills Free Agency Tracker 2017


The Buffalo Bills went into the offseason knowing they had to make some changes to their roster to compete next season. Several tough roster decisions had to be made for that happen. Here is how Buffalo made those decisions and what impact those decisions will have in 2017.

Resign Tyrod Taylor

Buffalo decided that Tyrod Taylor was their best option to start at quarterback in 2017. “We’ve looked, really, at every option and explored every opportunity, at this time, available to us and we just feel like this was the best move for the Bills at this time,” new Bills coach Sean McDermott told reporters. If the Bills didn’t resign Tyrod Taylor they would be forced to draft a young quarterback. The free agent quarterback options that the Bills could chose from were not more productive than Tyrod Taylor. The Bills ultimately restructured Taylor’s deal which will allow them to be flexible going forward.

Let Stephon Gilmore Walk

Stephon Gilmore chose to join forces with the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and sign a 5 year deal. The Bills decided that Gilmore wasn’t in their 2017 plans and not worth 65 million dollars. The Bills have the 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Buffalo can select Gilmore’s replacement who will be cheaper and can play from Day 1. Gilmore’s price tag was too high and the Bills decided to move on from their 2012 first round pick.

Rebuild Secondary

The Bills decided Aaron Williams was a liability due to his heath and Corey Graham wasn’t productive enough to be retained. The most pressing hole on the team was at the safety position. The Bills decided to sign a versatile and proven 4 year defensive back Micah Hyde from the Green Bay Packers. Hyde has played both strong and free safety as well as the nickel corner positions at a productive rate. New defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier will be able to use Hyde all over in the secondary.

The Bills also signed safety Jordan Poyer from the Cleveland Browns. Poyer provides depth at the safety position and can contribute on special teams. Poyer has played in 48 NFL games, totaling 116 tackles (88 solo) and two interceptions. He started 10 games in the last two seasons, including all six he played in for Cleveland last year before a lacerated kidney ended his season in Week 6.

Bring in Pro Bowl Full Backs

The highest run block grade for full backs was given to Patrick DiMarco last year. The Bills decided to sign DiMarco to a 4 year deal. DiMarco will allow the Bills running scheme to improve and bring valuable playoff experience to a young football team. The Bills decided to reunite 3 time Pro-Bowler Mike Tolbert with head coach Sean McDermott. Tolbert played the last 5 seasons in Carolina where McDermott was the defensive coordinator. Tolbert brings a lot of versatility to the team. New Offensive Coordinator Rick Dennison now has a plethora of productive full backs who will allow the Bills running game to be one of the best in the NFL in 2017.

Resign a Productive Pro Bowl Linebacker

Lorenzo Alexander led the Bills in sacks with a career high 12.5 and was second on the team in tackles for loss with 10 in 2016. Alexander also was tied for the most special team tackles (12) on the team which allowed him to make his first Pro Bowl in his career. Alexander was named Defensive MVP in the Pro Bowl having 8 solo tackles and a late game preserving interception. The reigning of Alexander allows the Bills to keep a productive player who flourishes in his role on defense and special teams.

Add Versatility to the Offensive Line

Vladimir Ducasse reunites with his former offensive line coach Juan Castillo in Buffalo. Ducasse signed a 3 year deal with the Bills and brings much needed versatility to the offensive line. Ducasse is a 6-foot-5, 326-pounder who entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick of the New York Jets in 2010. Despite playing mostly guard, Ducasse does have some experience playing tackle, so his versatility could lead to him to being productive and playing right tackle for the Bills.

Bring in A Reliable Kicker

The Bills saw their kicking units in 2016 be inconsistent and unreliable. To fix that issue the Bills decided to sign kicker Steven Hauschka and release Dan Carpenter. Hauschka has a consistent strong leg and is a 87.2 percent as kicker which is absurd. The Bills now seem to be optimistic about the direction at kicker with Steven Hauschka kicking in 2017.


The Bills made solid and smart moves so far during free agency which will allow the Bills to make the most out of their 10th overall pick in the 2017 draft. Now the Bills don’t have to draft a quarterback or safety that early. They can focus their attention at wide receiver or cornerback which are deep positions that have impact (plug in and play) players who will make an impact. Bills fans should be excited about the direction the team is moving towards to in 2017.