The Buffalo Bills enter the 2020 NFL season with high expectations. They are considered the favorites to win the AFC East following the New England Patriots’ loss of Tom Brady as well as several starters to the Covid-19 opt-out. The addition of Stefon Diggs is another big reason for Buffalo’s high standards for 2020. While Buffalo expects a lot from their stars, they will also be looking at those with expiring contracts who seek a potential extension. Here are five Buffalo Bills that deserve a contract extension.
Five Buffalo Bills That Deserve a Contract Extension
1. Matt Milano, Linebacker, 26 Years Old
Milano has been with Buffalo since they drafted him in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL draft. He has shown great progression in his three seasons with Buffalo and will look to continue that progression through the final year of his contract. Milano had 101 tackles last season for Buffalo. This is up from his previous total of 78 in 2018. Milano has become one of Buffalo’s best run stoppers. His ability to overcome adversity was shown this season with a career year coming off of a broken fibula. Milano won’t be cheap for Buffalo, but he won’t demand top money for his position either. Milano is only 26 years old, so he is a solid investment for Buffalo’s future.
2. Levi Wallace, Cornerback, 25 Years Old
Buffalo struck gold with Levi Wallace after the 2018 NFL draft. Buffalo signed Wallace as an undrafted free agent. The Bills brought Wallace up from the practice squad in November of 2018 and Wallace quickly began to impress. Wallace eventually became Buffalo’s second cornerback behind Tre’Davious White. Wallace only allowed 13 catches and one touchdown in seven starts for Buffalo in his rookie season. This led to Wallace returning to Buffalo for 2019 as a starter. In his second season, Wallace only allowed three touchdowns and had two interceptions in 16 starts for Buffalo. Wallace has been more than Buffalo ever imagined he would be and deserves to be compensated for his progress. Buffalo would be smart to re-sign Wallace, especially at the age of 25.
3. Robert Foster, Wide Receiver, 26 Years Old
Foster is another undrafted free agent from 2018 that has been great for Buffalo. Buffalo initially cut Foster before bringing him back on the practice squad. Buffalo is grateful they did because he would eventually get promoted to the 53-man roster one month later. Foster would play 13 games for Buffalo including three starts and had 541 yards and three touchdowns on just 27 receptions. Foster finished the season with the second-most receiving yards on the Bills. This led to Foster returning in 2019. However, the addition of free-agent receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley led to a small role for Foster. Despite this poor 2019 season, Foster is an incredible depth receiver and had proven himself in Buffalo. He shouldn’t cost much to re-sign and would be nice to have on the roster in case of an injury or the need for a big play.
4. Isaiah McKenzie, Wide Receiver, 25 Years Old
McKenzie is another depth receiver with a small but important role for Buffalo. Buffalo signed McKenzie off of waivers after the Denver Broncos released him. McKenzie only had 18 receptions for 179 yards in his seven games with Buffalo, but he had ten carries for 66 yards and two touchdowns as well. McKenzie became a player Buffalo relied on to make a big play and spark the offense. McKenzie’s designed runs became a big part of Buffalo’s game plan. Those two touchdowns run made Buffalo bring him back for 2019 where his receiving production improved and he had eight carries for 49 yards. Buffalo gave McKenzie another one-year extension in March 2020 and should he continue to produce when needed, he should see another extension soon.
5. Jon Feliciano, Offensive Guard, 28 Years Old
Feliciano started all 16 games in his first season with Buffalo. Feliciano played 947 snaps in 2019 and allowed just four sacks. This ranked thirteenth among guards in the NFL. Feliciano tore his pectoral muscle and will miss the 2020 NFL season, but his play in 2019 and his versatility on the line should be enough for Buffalo to extend his contract past 2020. Feliciano can play any position on the offensive line and that is something that helps Buffalo when injuries occur late in the season. Hopefully, for Feliciano, Buffalo gives him a chance to get healthy and prove he deserves a spot on the Bills’ roster.
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