While the Buffalo Bills made a couple of bigger moves during the opening part of free agency which included signing former Packers safety Micah Hyde to a five-year deal, the team has now turned its focus to bringing back it’s own players for 2017. Announcing two key re-signings to their team, the Bills have officially brought back offensive tackle Jordan Mills and outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander.
The return of both players should provide the Bills with multiple benefits, the most of which is the fact that two starters from 2016 will once again be suiting up in the Buffalo Bills uniform. Also beneficial parts of these moves will be lack of need for immediate help at their respective positions, potentially allowing the team to pursue backups for these players through the NFL Draft.
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While Jordan Mills may not be the NFL’s best right tackle, when healthy, he is a capable player. Starting all 16 games for the team last season, Mills was one of the few constants at the offensive tackle position due to the many injuries the group suffered as a whole. Returning this season, Mills should once again retain his starting job at right tackle.
The biggest concern now for the position group will the depth needed in case of more injury issues next season. That said, Buffalo should be able to target some offensive line help during the draft. With a combination of NFL ready tackles and development players to choose from, Buffalo should have multiple chances this offseason to add depth to the unit.
Also returning to Buffalo next season will be breakout linebacker Lorenzo Alexander. Signing a two-year deal with the team, the soon-to-be 34-year old Alexander is coming off a career season with the Bills. Mostly a special teamer throughout his early career, Alexander came out of nowhere last season to record a career high 76 tackles and 12.5 sacks, including his only career interception.
While it would be really goofy to think that Alexander will replicate his success from last season, the man has proven his worth to the Bills. Even if he becomes a pass rush specialist during these next two seasons, Alexander should be a good signing for this team going forward.