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2016 Schedule
7-9, 3rd in AFC East

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

As activity in free agency slows to a crawl across the NFL, the Bills have $10.129 million in remaining salary-cap space, according to NFLPA records. That number is expected to increase by about $4 million on June 2, when former safety Aaron Williams' contract comes off the books. The Bills have only 61 players under contract; with a league-low six draft picks, that gives them as many as 23 spots on their 90-man roster to fill after the draft between undrafted rookies and veteran free agents.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent LB Zach Brown's agents, Jason and Michael Katz, say their client is "exploring all options" and will make a decision once he completes all visits with teams. Brown visited his former team, the Bills, on Wednesday and previously visited Miami and Oakland. He ranks No. 31 on ESPN's Top 150 free agents.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Tying up a loose end on Tyrod Taylor's contract, his $6 million roster bonus will be due on the third day of the 2018 league year. Circle that day on your calendar as the next major deadline looming for the Bills to make a decision on whether Taylor is their long-term starter at QB. They could release him before the $6 million is due and not suffer much in salary-cap consequences.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Lorenzo Alexander's two-year, $5.95 million deal with the Bills includes cap numbers of $2.55 million (2017) and $3.4 million (2018). He received a $1.1 million signing bonus and will be paid base salaries of $2 million (2017, fully guaranteed) and $2.45 million (2018; $300,000 is fully guaranteed and $1 million is guaranteed for injury only). He can earn a $300,000 roster bonus on the third day of the 2018 league year and additional per-game roster bonuses of $6,250 in 2018. He can also earn up to $850,000 (2017) and up to $1.25 million (2018) in playing time and Pro Bowl incentives.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

WR/KR Brandon Tate signed a one-year, minimum salary ($900,000) deal with the Bills.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

CB Leonard Johnson signed a one-year, minimum-salary benefit deal with the Bills that will pay him a $775,000 base salary and a $80,000 roster bonus if he makes the 53-man roster. His cap number will be $695,000 in 2017.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

WR Andre Holmes' three-year, $5.15 million deal with the Bills includes $2.45 million guaranteed and cap numbers of $1.45 million (2017), $1.75 million (2018) and $2 million (2018). He will be paid base salaries of $800,000 (2017, fully guaranteed), $1 million (2018) and $1.25 million (2019), as well as roster bonuses of $150,000 due on the fifth day of the 2018 and 2019 league years. He gets a $1.65 million signing bonus and $50,000 workout bonuses each season. He can earn up to $250,000 in playing-time incentives each season and has base-salary escalators of $200,000 (2018) and $400,000 (2019).

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Free-agent linebacker Zach Brown will visit the Bills after his visit to the Dolphins, source confirms NFL Network report. Brown started 16 games for the Bills last season and has remained unsigned despite being No. 31 on ESPN's Top 150 free agents. He changed agents Monday night.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Bills LB Zach Brown, who ranks No. 31 on ESPN's top 150 free agents but remains unsigned, changed agents Monday night. Brown hired CSE Football's Jason and Michael Katz, replacing Carl Carey as his representation. Brown made his first Pro Bowl as an alternate last season after posting 149 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. Still on the market after almost two weeks of free agency, clearly there has been a disconnect between teams' valuation of Brown and what he feels he is worth.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills hosted LB Keenan Robinson on a visit, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Field Yates. Robinson, 27, started six games last season for the Giants and had a career-high seven passes defensed. The Bills could use linebackers adept in pass coverage in new coach Sean McDermott's defensive scheme. Preston Brown, Reggie Ragland and Lorenzo Alexander are currently projected as starters but overall that group lacks higher-end athleticism.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills announce they've re-signed WR Brandon Tate, who was their main kick returner last season. Tate was named as a second alternate to the 2017 Pro Bowl after finishing seventh in kick return average (22.83). He projects to the same role next season, while perhaps contributing on offense.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Holmes says on conference call Monday that Bills' initial contract proposal had to be sent to NFLPA by agent last week, and it might have been "mishandled paperwork." The Bills' contract offer was filed among completed deals and disseminated internally by NFLPA last Wednesday; Holmes did not officially sign with Buffalo until Saturday. "I'll leave it to NFLPA as to what exactly happened," Holmes said Monday.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have agreed to terms with WR Andre Holmes, the team announced Saturday. At this point, Holmes is the favorite to be the No. 2 receiver for Buffalo this season. A three-year, $4.5 million deal between the two sides was filed with the NFLPA on Wednesday but not initially consummated; the NFLPA declined to comment on why that contract was entered into their database.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills continue to fill out their 90-man offseason roster, signing RB Joe Banyard, WR Corey Washington and CB Leonard Johnson. All three players are more depth signings than expected contributors to the 53-man roster. The Bills are especially thin at receiver and cornerback and will need the depth for training camp.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Former 16th overall pick EJ Manuel is signing with the Oakland Raiders, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Manuel was not expected back in Buffalo after a disappointing four year career that was derailed by his benching in September 2014. He served as the Bills' backup and was underwhelming in spot duty. Cardale Jones will likely take over No. 2 duties this season for Buffalo.

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Bills match Rams' offer, keep OL Groy in fold

Offensive lineman Ryan Groy, who started the Bills' final seven games at center last season, will remain with the team after Buffalo matched an offer from the Rams.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have matched the Rams' two-year offer sheet for restricted free agent OL Ryan Groy, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. That means Groy will stay in Buffalo on a deal that will pay him $5 million with $3.5 million guaranteed. Groy will have cap numbers of $2.5 million each season and will continue to serve as the Bills' top interior backup lineman.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills defensive end Ryan Davis signed a 2-year deal with cap numbers of $925,000 (2017) and $1.275 million (2018). He received a signing bonus of $100,000 and has base salaries of $775,000 and $1.125 million. He will receive workout bonuses of $100,000 each season and can earn up to $500,000 in incentives each season based on sacks.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills kicker Steve Hauschka will have cap numbers of $2.6 million (2017), $3 million (2018) and $3.25 million (2019) as part of his three-year, $8.85 million deal with $4 million guaranteed. His base salaries will be $1.6 million, $1.75 million and $2 million. He received a $3 million signing bonus, $1 million of his 2017 base salary is guaranteed and he will receive roster bonuses of $250,000 on the fifth day of the 2018 and 2019 league years. He has up to $50,000 of incentives available each season based on field goal percentage.

Team Stats

Passing Yards189.830th
Rushing Yards164.41st
Points For24.910th
Points Against23.6Tied-16th