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Buffalo Bills 2021 free agency outlook

The Bills head into 2021 free agency coming off an 13-3 season. We break down their free agents, cap space, and more.

Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano (58) defends against Denver Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (3) during the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High. Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills were one game away from a trip to the Super Bowl, losing 38-24 to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game. Thankfully, Buffalo will be basically returning all their key players from this year’s team next season. But they will have to make some decisions on a couple of key defensive players such as Matt Milano and Levi Wallace. Milano has played well in the Bills’ linebacker unit next to Tremaine Edmunds, and Wallace could be the starting cornerback outside of Josh Norman.

Lost revenue due to COVID-19 will impact every team, but with so many free agents the likely drop in the league wide salary cap number could make things difficult. The 2020 number was around $198 million, while the 2021 number could drop to $180.5 million according to Over The Cap, but is subject to change.

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities

Among their major free agents, I highly doubt that the Bills will use either tag on Milano or Wallace. According to Spotrac, Milano’s calculated market value is a three-year, $41 million deal ($13.8M). Milano had a down season compared to what he did in 2019, but still recorded 45 total tackles, nine quarterback hits, four tackles for loss, three and a half sacks, and an interception.

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space: $32,714,035

2021 transactions

Free agent signings

TBD

Free agent departures

TBD

Trades

TBD

Notable unrestricted free agents

Bills 2021 Free Agents

Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
Pos Player 2020 Team 2021 Team
QB Matt Barkley Bills
RB T.J. Yeldon Bills
RB Taiwan Jones Bills
WR Isaiah McKenzie Bills
WR Andre Roberts Bills
TE Tyler Kroft Bills
RT Daryl Williams Bills
RT Ty Nsekhe Bills
RG Brian Winters Bills
RG Jon Feliciano Bills
RG Jordan Devey Bills
LG Ike Boettger* Bills
EDGE Trent Murphy Bills
LB Matt Milano Bills
LB Andre Smith* Bills
CB Levi Wallace* Bills
CB Josh Norman Bills
S Dean Marlowe Bills
P Corey Bojorquez* Bills

* Denotes Restricted Free Agent (RFA)

Salary cap

Estimated 2021 cap space: $XXXXXXXXXXX

Franchise/Transition Tag possibilities: