2018 Disaster Draft: The Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills made the playoffs for the first time since the Clinton administration at the end of the 2017 season (and scored a whopping three points), so they really don’t want to break up the band… after spending all season trying to break up the band. A disaster draft is coming at the wrong time for a team on the upswing, but it is what it is. Given that I get to control what happens here, they aren’t going to be complete idiots about Tyrod Taylor. The name of the game with the players they kept is keeping as much of the overall defense and offensive line together as possible… oh and pulling their heads out of their rear ends with regards to their best quarterback in a long time.

Significant FA lost: Kyle Williams, Preston Brown, Ramon Humber, Jordan Matthews

 

The No Doubters:

 

Cordy Glenn LT $14,200,000 $14,450,000 $12,450,000 $12,700,000 UFA
Jerry Hughes DE $10,450,000 $10,400,000 $10,400,000 UFA
Eric Wood C $8,524,999 $8,625,000 $7,691,668 UFA
Richie Incognito G $4,925,000 $7,575,000 UFA
Micah Hyde SS $4,000,000 $6,800,000 $6,650,000 $6,700,000 $6,750,000
Patrick DiMarco FB $1,850,000 $2,050,000 $2,150,000 $2,350,000 UFA
Tre’Davious White CB $1,834,747 $2,293,434 $2,752,121 $3,210,808
Jordan Poyer FS $2,475,000 $3,375,000 $3,575,000 $3,575,000 UFA

Cordy Glenn almost didn’t make the No Doubters due to a pair of season-ending injuries in each of the last two years. Hughes is pricy, but productive. Wood and Incognito are the best parts of an extremely strong offensive line, and DiMarco makes the run game hum. Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer are among the best safety duos in the NFL, and Tre’Davious White was Pro Football Focus’s rookie of the year. These next guys are likely staying in a disaster draft, though their safety is guaranteed.

The More-Than-Likely Staying:

LeSean McCoy RB $10,375,000 $8,950,000 $9,050,000 UFA
Tyrod Taylor QB $9,713,334 $18,080,000 $2,080,000 $2,080,000 $1,400,000
Charles Clay TE $9,000,000 $9,000,000 $9,000,000 UFA
Shaq Lawson DE $2,336,130 $2,803,356 $3,270,586 UFA
Zay Jones WR $1,232,696 $1,540,870 $1,849,044 $2,157,220 UFA
Lorenzo Alexander OLB $3,000,000 $3,400,000 UFA
Dion Dawkins T $760,589 $950,736 $1,140,883 $1,331,031 UFA
Kelvin Benjamin WR $529,411 $8,459,000 UFA

The only question with McCoy is age, as he turns thirty next year. He’s the best offensive player on the team, so he’ll most likely stay, but they may make an insane choice. Tyrod Taylor is me wresting control of the organization, who wants to push out TyGod. Shaq Lawson has the most tenuous hold on the roster out of these sixteen, as he’s a borderline bust at this point (though he had four sacks this year before hitting IR). Zay Jones, Charles Clay and Kelvin Benjamin ensure Tyrod has weapons around him (that’s being very generous to the definition of “weapons”). Dion Dawkins has filled in well this year in Cordy Glenn’s absence and makes the roster as insurance and as a swing tackle.

The Leftovers:

The Conquistadors and Arches are going to pull the Styrofoam container out of the fridge, open it up and find the following players inside:

PLAYER POS. 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Steven Hauschka K $2,600,000 $3,000,000 $3,250,000 UFA
Ryan Groy G $2,500,000 $2,500,000 UFA
Jordan Mills RT $1,650,000 $2,150,000 UFA
Andre Holmes WR $1,400,000 $1,750,000 $2,000,000 UFA
Colton Schmidt P $1,150,000 $1,450,000 UFA
Vladimir Ducasse G $933,333 $1,183,333 $1,383,334 UFA
Ryan Davis DE $925,000 $1,275,000 UFA
John Miller G $815,030 $910,030 UFA
Adolphus Washington DT $758,574 $848,574 $943,574 UFA
Khari Lee TE $615,000 $705,000 UFA
Matt Milano OLB $530,376 $620,376 $710,376 $800,378 UFA
Nathan Peterman QB $524,874 $614,874 $704,874 $794,877 UFA
Tanner Vallejo OLB $503,449 $593,449 $683,449 $773,452 UFA
Reid Ferguson LS $465,000 $555,000 ERFA
Conor McDermott T $465,000 $555,000 $645,000 $735,000 UFA
Keith Towbridge TE $350,500 $557,500 $647,500 RFA
Deon Lacey OLB $273,530 $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Nordly Capi OLB $109,412 $555,000 RFA
Brandon Reilly WR $109,412 $555,000 $645,000 RFA
Breon Borders CB $82,058 $555,000 $645,000 RFA

 

Disclaimer goes here: Roster is as of January 6, 2018 and salary figures are from Spotrac.com

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