Bills face dilemma: pick up 5th year option
White Patrick DiMarco Jerseys , trade, or extend the edge rusher"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections NewsNotesOpinionAnalysisDiscussionPodcastNFL DraftSalary CapOpinionNotes2019 Buffalo Bills free agencyWhat should Buffalo Bills do with DE Shaq Lawson and fifth-year option?New,87commentsBills face dilemma: pick up 5th year option, trade, or extend the edge rusherESTShareTweetShareShareWhat should Buffalo Bills do with DE Shaq Lawson and fifth-year option?When the Buffalo Bills selected Shaq Lawson out of Clemson with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the team expected Lawson to provide the Bills with a valuable edge rusher. Through his first two seasons, Lawson failed to live up to those lofty expectations, even being labeled a bust by many in the media. It didn’t help Lawson’s case that he missed 11 games due to injuries during the 2016 and 2017 season. Then Patrick DiMarco Jerseys 2019 , in 2018, Lawson finally started to play like the edge rusher the Bills believe they drafted out of Clemson. Splitting time with 2018 free-agent signee Trent Murphy, Lawson enjoyed the best year of his young NFL career. (Lawson has admitted the Murphy signing served as a wake-up call.) Both he and Murphy played 43.3 percent of the defensive snaps, and Lawson responded with a career-high four sacks to go with 30 tackles, 11 quarterback hits, six deflected passes, and two forced fumbles.On the heels of his best season as a pro, the Bills are now faced with a difficult decision. Do they exercise Lawson’s fifth-year option White Stephen Hauschka Jerseys , something the team hasn’t done with a fifth-year option since 2015 when it picked up cornerback Stephon Gilmore’s option. Or should general manager Brandon Beane deal the emerging edge rusher for a second- or third-round pick rather than open up the checkbook and pick up his option?can net enough in return (think at least a second-round draft pick), it doesn’t make sense to move on from Lawson and createa void on a team that has plenty of needs to fill on the other side of the ball. Fellow edge rusher Jerry Hughes’s contract ends after this season, while Murphy didn’t provide much return on the team’s investment in 2018, making edge rusher a potential area of need moving forward. If Buffalo is serious about retaining Lawson, a third option, one that could lock him into Western New York long-term, is to extend him to a team-friendly deal—think four years with an average annual salary between $11-13 million dollars and $25-$28 million in guaranteed money.That kind of deal is comparable with the league’s next tier of edge rushers (think Chandler Jones of the Arizona Cardinals, Everson Griffen of the Minnesota Vikings Stephen Hauschka Jerseys 2019 , Carlos Dunlap of the Cincinnati Bengals, and Nick Perry of the Green Bay Packers), would likely be enough to entice Lawson to stay in Buffalo, and would help keep an up-and-coming pass rusher in the fold for four more years at a relatively solid salary. But would the team make that kind of commitment to a player like Lawson, who was drafted by the old regime and has struggled to consistently put it all together on the field? If you were Beane, how would you handle Lawson’s contract moving forward? Buffalo has until May 3rd to decide. The Buffalo Bills will be in the market for a defensive tackle, now that Kyle Williams is officially retiring after thirteen seasons. Could they find his replacement in the first round of the NFL Draft? In this week’s mock draft for SB Nation, Dan Kadar made the case for the Bills to do just that.In this draft White Jordan Poyer Jerseys , offensive tackles Jonah Williams and Greg Little were off the board before Buffalo’s pick. Receivers D.K. Metcalf and Marquise Brown were the first two off the board, at picks 24 and 25 respectively. Oklahoma tackle Cody Ford was the third offensive tackle selected, with the 18th pick.Dan Lavoie’s takeWe covered the issues with seeing the Bills selecting Rashan Gary two weeks ago, when Kadar made the same selection in that iteration of his mock draft. In short, Gary seems like a luxury pick for a team with major offensive needs, although a retiring Kyle Williams adjusts the equation a bit.Like that mock, two offensive tackles and several defensive linemen were chosen before the Bills took Gary. One glaring exemption, though Jordan Poyer Jerseys 2019 , is Ed Oliver, who went to the Cincinnati Bengals with the 11th pick. If the Bills are going to commit to a disruptive defensive tackle, it’s hard to argue that Gary is the better option over Oliver and his 53.5 tackles for loss in three seasons. Oliver’s 6’1” 290-pound build is also better-suited to the interior than Gary’s at 6’5” and 280 pounds.
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