Things can change for Buffalo Bills players over the last nine games of the season, but after seven games fans have a good idea of what each player brings to the team. At the end of the 2015 season, the Bills will have some tough decisions to make in regards to their free agent class. Based upon their early season play, here’s a look at how each unrestricted free agent has played thus far and whether or not the Bills should try to re-sign each player.
Bills 2016 UFA (Alphabetical Order)
Bradham is an athletic linebacker but he’s struggled in Rex Ryan’s defense through the first seven games. He hasn’t played well in run defense or in coverage for Buffalo. He has eight missed tackles during the first seven games and hasn’t done anything to stand out as a player that the Bills must sign. The Bills may still be interested in re-signing Bradham this offseason but the price has to be right. As of now, he hasn’t given the Bills any reason to break the bank.
Every training camp, it feels like Brooks is firmly on the roster bubble. Despite his borderline roster status, Brooks always seems to find a way to make the team. That’s a credit to Brooks but at this point, there is no reason to hang onto him. Buffalo will have Stephon Gilmore, Ronald Darby, Leodis McKelvin, Nickell Robey and Mario Butler (RFA) as their top five cornerbacks so there isn’t a major need to bring Brooks back.
Carrington adds versatility and depth to Buffalo’s defensive line but he hasn’t seen much playing time this season (47 snaps). It wouldn’t cost much to re-sign Carrington but there is no reason to bring him back at this point.
Quality left tackles don’t grow on trees and Glenn is having an outstanding year. Glenn is currently Pro Football Focus’ eighth best left tackle. He’s played extremely well in terms of pass protection but he’s been inconsistent in run blocking. Glenn has also been called for five penalties in their first seven games. The Bills need to find a way to bring Glenn back without overpaying for his services. The former second round pick in the 2013 draft is still growing as a player and should only get better in the next few years.
There’s a lot of drama around the Bills and Harvin, although no one really knows what is going on between the two sides. That said, Harvin is a safe bet to be a one-and-done type of player with the Bills.
No free agent signing has played better than Incognito. The left guard is having one of the best seasons of his career and he should be high on Buffalo’s list of re-signings. Incognito is the third rated guard at PFF and the No. 1 left guard on the site. He has been outstanding in pass and run blocking for the Bills and could be Pro Bowl bound this season. While the Bills don’t want to lose talent along their offensive line, it wouldn’t be smart to overpay a 32 year old guard. The Bills should offer Incognito an extension at market value and see what happens.
Johnson was only signed by Buffalo due to an injury to Taylor. Even if he lasts with the team this season, there is no reason to believe he’d be re-signed in 2016.
Mills was signed for depth after Seantrel Henderson’s concussion. He’s also unlikely to be re-signed by Buffalo.
Moore was an in-season signing by Buffalo after Marcus Thigpen struggled on punt returns. There is no reason to believe that he’ll return at this point in time.
Mulligan is a Rex Ryan favorite but he hasn’t played especially well this season. His run blocking has been inconsistent but he’s improved as the season as wore on. There’s a small possibility that Mulligan returns next year but he should be very low on the team’s priority list.