While the 2022 NFL season hasn’t started yet it is never too early to get a look at the players that will be heading into a contract year. There are multiple Buffalo Bills players set to be free agents during the 2023 cycle, but these are the top three to watch for during the season.
After struggling with drops his first few seasons, Dawson Knox turned things around last season and was a focal point for the Bills offense. He finished as a top 15 tight end hauling in 50 receptions for 587 yards and nine touchdowns. In today’s NFL, having a great tight end is critical for a team with a heavy-passing attack. With how impressive Knox at 25 years old has been there is no doubt the Bills will want to keep him. But, after the $56,750,000 contract David Njoku received from the Cleveland Browns it could lead to a long contract talk between the team and Knox.
Spotrac.com currently has Tremaine Edmunds’ contract extension valued at roughly $13,800,000 per year. Edmunds is entering a make-or-break year and is arguably the biggest player to pay attention to. In some games last season he struggled and gave up big plays, in other games, he showed his range ability and came up in huge moments showing why he earned two Pro Bowl nominations in 2019 and 2020. He is coming off a season where he had a career-low in tackles with 108, and zero sacks. Still, he is a three-down linebacker for the team and there aren’t many linebackers like that available. If he can show more consistency he could prove why he deserves the contract extension.
Jordan Poyer is one part of the NFL’s best safety duo that also includes Micah Hyde. The two together make a great tandem that is tough to throw against. Poyers skill set allows the Bills to utilize him both back deep in a two-high shell, or in the box to help against the run. He finished the 2021 season with five interceptions which were the fourth-most in the NFL, as well as 93 tackles and had nine pass breakups. Poyer has been a key player for the Bills on defense and will most likely be the first player the Bills get an extension done with.