2018 SeasonAll times ET

2018 Schedule
6-10, 3rd in AFC East

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills on Saturday announced that they signed former Patriots offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle to a one-year contract. Waddle played in 31 games the past four seasons for New England, making seven starts. He projects to fill a similar swing tackle role in Buffalo behind 2017 second-round pick Dion Dawkins and Ty Nsekhe, who signed a two-year, $14.5 million deal this week from Washington. Waddle is the fifth free agent offensive lineman the Bills have signed this offseason, joining Nsekhe, center Mitch Morse, guard/center Spencer Long and guard/center Jon Feliciano as GM Brandon Beane attempts to address the team's biggest deficiency last season.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Filling in some financial blanks from three Bills free agent signings this week: Wide receiver Andre Roberts signed a two-year deal worth $4.6 million with $3 million guaranteed. Guard Jon Feliciano signed a two-year deal worth $7.25 million with $3.9 million guaranteed. Cornerback Kevin Johnson signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with $400,000 guaranteed. Frank Gore's one-year deal includes $500,000 guaranteed.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Linebacker Mark Nzeocha, a key special teams player for the 49ers last season, visited Thursday with the Bills, a source told ESPN's Field Yates. Nzeocha would add competition to backup linebacker for Buffalo with Julian Stanford, Deon Lacey and Corey Thompson.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

An irritated Bills general manager Brandon Beane said Thursday in a news conference the "narrative" about Buffalo not being a free-agent destination "pissed him off" and "started with a bad rumor on the Antonio Brown thing when people were looking for reasons and didn't have all the facts." Several reports indicated Brown did not want to come to Buffalo, nixing a trade between the Bills and Steelers. Beane described the trade talks as "positive all around" but Buffalo "just decided to withdraw." Of the perception Buffalo is not a free-agent destination, Beane said, "Don't speak about Buffalo if you don't know what this city and fan base is like. It really pissed me off. It's not true. How many [free agent signings] flowed through here today? ... I can't tell you how many players commented 'This is amazing. This is awesome. What a facility. What a culture.' This city, we love it. Anybody that says that doesn't know Buffalo and really is speaking out of ignorance."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Andre Roberts, who signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Bills, questioned the Jets' decision not to re-sign him after he made Associated Press' All-Pro team and the Pro Bowl as a returner. "I was surprised," he said. "Any guy that was an All-Pro and the team doesn't really want to sign him back, I think would be surprised. ... I understand it's a business thing. The way [the Jets] kind of handled it was a little shady. But it is what is." Roberts said he chose Buffalo in part to be able to play the Jets twice a year, adding, "Coming from there, I know all about what they're about. Being able to go against my old team is always going to be fun."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Cole Beasley, who chose to sign a four-year, $29 million deal with Buffalo after considering offers from Dallas and New England, stuck by his tweet in January that Dallas' front office "pushes who they want to get the ball to." Said Beasley in his introductory news conference Thursday: "That was just me answering a question honestly that a fan asked me. I still feel like it's the truth. Maybe I shouldn't have said it just because of the attention it brought. I'm not a guy that wants or needs a ton of attention. I also got to understand where I'm at professionally."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Bills WR Cole Beasley, in his introductory news conference Thursday, said his decision as a free agent came down to Buffalo, New England and Dallas. "Really I just wanted to be in a place where I had more opportunities, and this seemed like the place to be," Beasley said. He signed a four-year, $29 million contract with Buffalo with $10.7 million fully guaranteed. "[Opportunities] are the main reason why I came here," Beasley said. "Money is important, but I just wanted opportunities. I felt like I could do more."

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills continued to add wide receiver depth Wednesday by signing Andre Roberts, formerly of the Jets, a source told ESPN's Diana Russini. Roberts projects at least to fill kick and punt return duties for Buffalo, who shuffled through several players at both spots last season. The move could push a young receiver such as Isaiah McKenzie or Ray-Ray McCloud off the roster.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills did not extend restricted free agent Logan Thomas a tender, the NFL announced Wednesday. That would have cost the Bills about $2 million, which they apparently deemed too rich for the former quarterback who converted to tight end in 2016 but caught only 19 passes for 144 yards the past two seasons for the Bills.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Free agent defensive end Ziggy Ansah will visit the Bills first before visiting New Orleans, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. If Buffalo signs Ansah, it would likely signal some sort of other move at defensive end. Jerry Hughes enters the final season of his contract, as does 2016 first-round pick Shaq Lawson -- whose fifth-year option decision for 2020 is due by May. There is also Trent Murphy, who will count $8.7 million against the Bills' salary cap this season.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills aren't messing around with their offensive line rebuild. The team agreed Tuesday evening to sign former Raiders guard Jon Feliciano to a two-year deal, a source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen. That makes four free agent offensive linemen the Bills have added — Feliciano, Spencer Long, Ty Nsekhe and Mitch Morse. Factor Feliciano into the competition at guard with Long and 2018 fifth-round pick Wyatt Teller.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills intend to sign former Redskins offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe to a free agent deal Wednesday, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal is for two years and worth $14.5 million with $7.7 million guaranteed, his agent Vincent Taylor said. Nsekhe was the Redskins' swing tackle the past four seasons -- never the full-time starter -- but that sort of money indicates Nsekhe will replace free agent Jordan Mills as the Bills' starting right tackle. That means Buffalo is likely to have at least three new starters along the offensive line this season: Mitch Morse (center), Spencer Long (right guard) and Nsekhe (right tackle).

Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills added more wide receivers for QB Josh Allen as both John Brown and Cole Beasley agreed to free agent contracts. With Brown, it's the deep ball speed. Run the top of the vertical route tree and create separation to break back downhill on curls, comebacks or out cuts. In the slot, Beasley can work underneath. Create more high-percentage throws for Allen inside the numbers there. Shallow crossers, option routes, etc.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Wide receiver was near the top of the list of the Bills' needs this offseason and it was largely filled within a span of minutes Tuesday when the team agreed to deals with free agents John Brown (Ravens) and Cole Beasley (Cowboys). Brown projects to add an element of speed to Buffalo's offense, while Beasley could provide a much-needed presence in the slot. Zay Jones (2017 second-round pick) and Robert Foster (2018 undrafted rookie) project to round out of the top four of the depth chart, although the exact pecking order remains to be seen and the Bills could still search for a more prototypical No. 1 receiver in the draft.

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Sources: Morse going to Bills for 4 years, $44.5M

Former Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse intends to sign what is expected to be a four-year, $45 million contract with the Buffalo Bills, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Mitch Morse's four-year deal with the Bills is worth $44.5 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter, which will make him the highest-paid center in football. That level of investment in the position was expected by Buffalo, whether it was Morse or fellow free agent Matt Paradis. The Bills wanted a veteran center to hold down the offensive line and help Josh Allen, and they're paying for it.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

Center had been a question mark for the Bills after the sudden retirement of stalwart snapper Eric Wood last offseason but now they might have found their answer. Buffalo intends to sign former Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal means the Bills got one of the top centers on the market -- Denver's Matt Paradis being the other -- and could have a trickle-down effect on the rest of the offensive line. Morse's arrival puts the future of last season's starting center, Russell Bodine, in question while cementing February free-agent pickup Spencer Long as part of the competition at guard. John Miller, a free agent after starting at right guard last offseason, might have to find a new team.

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Bills reach 3-year deal with ex-Bengals TE Kroft

After an injury-derailed 2018 season with the Bengals, tight end Tyler Kroft has agreed to a three-year deal with the Bills for $18.75 million that could be worth up to $21 million, sources told ESPN.

Cameron Wolfe ESPN Staff Writer 

Betting that Bills fans will love Frank Gore, who agreed to a one-year deal with Buffalo Monday. He wanted to finish his career in hometown of Miami, but Dolphins want to go young at RB. Gore still wanted to play because he hated how a foot injury ended his 2018 season. He's close with LeSean McCoy & likes Bills' style. Gore can pass 15K rushing yards (needs 252) and Barry Sanders for No.3 (with 521) all-time. I'm not sure there's another dude that loves football more than Gore. He can still play, too. He was the Dolphins most consistent weapon in 2018. He's back on his feet now, eager to bounce back.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills on Monday agreed to a three-year deal with former Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Kroft, his agent Mike McCartney tweeted. The deal is worth $18.75 million and up to $21 million, a source said. That puts Kroft in the middle of the pack of NFL tight ends, which is both a reflection of the Bills' hope that Kroft can take a step forward after an injury-marred 2018 season and the reality that Kroft is coming off a season in which he caught only four passes in five games. Between Kroft and incumbent No. 2 tight end Jason Croom, the Bills are betting on the long-term potential of both players over the limited production they got from now-released veteran Charles Clay last season.

Team Stats

Passing Yards174.631st
Rushing Yards124.09th
Points For16.730th
Points Against23.418th

2019 Draft Picks

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1(9)
2(8)
3(10)
4(10)
4(29)
5(9)
5(20)
6(8)
7(11)
7(14)