The Buffalo Bills have reportedly made a decision to get in their way.
Last week, the Bills placed a $2.4 million original round tender on one of their banned free agents, Ryan Bates. In doing so, Bates becomes a semi-free agent.
Putting a tender on the RFA means that the player can then negotiate with other teams. If the player then signs on to an offer from another club, Buffalo will have the opportunity to match that deal and place player-bets in this case.
Enter the Chicago Bears, one of the few teams associated with Bets.
according to Chicago TribuneThe Bears will sign the bets on an offer sheet:
It looks like Ryan intends to sign an offer letter from Bates #Bear, when he does, #Bill It will take 5 days to complete the contract. he also visited #Patriot And #vikings, Bates is a restricted free agent.
— Brad Biggs (@bradbiggs) 24 March 2022
Bates, 25, has been a significant depth piece along Buffalo’s crime line for a few years since he was acquired through a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2019. The deal originally had to do with his versatility to play every position on the offensive line, something the Bills are still greedy for.
In 2021, Bates finally got his first dose of starting time.
In week 15, he started left guard for Buffalo. Even as former starter John Feliciano returned to full health, Bates made it to the playoffs.
Bill was very impressed with Bates, as General Manager Brandon Bean praised Bates at his end of the season press conference. Notably, Bean said that Bates brought the best of the left tackle to Dion Dawkins.
However, now things have changed a bit in that area.
Roger Saffold signed with Buffalo during free agency and indicated that he was ready to play left guard. Bets may be a candidate for playing on right guard, but this position will easily come down to dollars.
The bills will have five days from the signing of the bets on the offer sheet to decide whether they will match it.
Bates currently has reports on the finances for Chicago’s offer.