Instant analysis: Bills re-sign OL Jon Feliciano

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Another out of left field.

Not only did the Buffalo Bills find a way to get linebacker Matt Milano and tackle Daryl Williams back in the fold, Jon Feliciano is pulled right back, too.

On Sunday, the Bills announced that Feliciano, 29, was re-signed to a three-year extension. Official terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed, and that’s a key.

Originally it was reported as a $17 million contract. However, ESPN’s Adam Schefter had some interesting wording: That it was “worth up to” that figure. Could the contract be an incentive-based one that won’t lock Feliciano in as a starter?

Time will tell us that answer, but at minimum, an average annual average of $5.67M over the length of that deal points to Feliciano getting a great look at being the starter… so considering that, we now might have Buffalo’s 2021 starting offense line in place.

After extensions for Feliciano and Williams last week, plus a contract restructure for center Mitch Morse, from left to right, the Bills will (as of now) have on their offensive line as:

  • LT Dion Dawkins

  • LG Cody Ford

  • C Mitch Morse

  • RG Jon Feliciano

  • RT Daryl Williams

On this potential lineup, there’s one thing to note: This group has never played together. Ford and Feliciano were in and out of the lineup and never on the field together last season. Going back to 2019, Williams hadn’t yet joined the team. That’s something to keep in mind.

But Feliciano returning affects things deeper than just that. The Bills not only fill a need at the starting right guard spot, but he will resume his role as Buffalo’s No. 2 center if Morse goes down with an injury. Because of that, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane actually filled two holes before free agency even opens by getting Feliciano back.

And speaking of Beane, we’re left curious as to one thing now: What did his end of season comments mean? Beane said that the rushing attack has to improve this offseason, but the problem was not rushers Devin Singletary and Zack Moss. After bringing back the offensive line, evidently the struggles weren’t their fault, either? What gives?

Considering that, the Bills could still see some competition along the offensive line added this offseason. However, an offensive lineman with the No. 30 overall pick seems much less likely now.

Running back on the other hand? Could be…

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