Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Bills’ pro bowler opens up about his uncertain future with the team

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The Buffalo Bills had a bitter end to their season, failing in the divisional round against the Cincinnati Bengals and being knocked out of the NFL playoffs.

Pro Bowl linebacker Tremaine Edmunds said he hopes it won’t be his last chapter with the team.

Edmunds was one of the most important players on defense and will now be one of the team’s most important decisions in the offseason. He is slated to become a free agent in March but said after Sunday’s loss that he hopes to re-sign with the team that went up in the 2018 NFL Draft to win him.

Speaking to reporters after the team’s 10-27 loss to the Bengals on Jan. 22, Edmunds said he loved playing for the Bills and hopes to be back next season.

“Hopefully I’m here, I love it here, I love the brothers I’ve created since I’ve been here, the coaching staff, the community has welcomed me so hopefully things will work out in my favor so far than here to be,” Edmunds said via News4 Buffalo’s Heather Prusak.

Edmunds had 102 tackles last season, including six tackles for a loss and a sack. He also made an interception.

It’s not clear if the Bills have plans to keep Edmunds. They suspended fellow linebacker Matt Milano with a four-year, $44 million extension in 2021 and face a salary cap for the upcoming season. Quarterback Josh Allen’s cap hit will jump to nearly $40 million next season from $16.4 million in 2022, while Von Miller’s cap hit will jump to $18.6 million .

With more limited resources, the Bills have to make some tough decisions about which players to keep, especially on the defensive side of the ball. In addition to Edmunds, security man Jordan Poyer will also go free and had expressed a desire for a contract extension.

As noted by Bleacher Report’s Kristopher Knox, the Bills may need to find ways to make room for the cap, including a possible split with a post-deal takeover.

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