PFF: OL Daryl Williams is pending free agent Bills ‘can’t afford to lose’

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The Bills aren’t quite worrying about the dollars and cents situation for the club in the future just yet. Not only because they’re one game away from taking part in the Super Bowl, but we’re not quite sure what’s going with the salary cap, either.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s no solid number decided upon in terms of salary cap space. However, Pro Football Focus did name one player on each team that every NFL club cannot afford to lose despite that circumstance.

For the Bills it was a slightly surprising pick, but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong. It was offensive lineman Daryl Williams.

Here’s the PFF breakdown on Williams:

Williams has been a revelation for the Bills in 2020, reuniting with Buffalo GM Brandon Beane after Beane played a role in drafting Williams while with the Carolina Panthers. Williams never earned a pass-blocking grade below 60.9 in 2020, which is a remarkable feat of consistency for a guy who battled back from a handful of injuries early in his career.

Buffalo extended left tackle Dion Dawkins shortly before the season, though his four-year, $58.3 million extension ($14.575M APY) is quite team-friendly. There is no reason why the Bills shouldn’t look to lock up both bookends on their offensive line for the foreseeable future.

Williams is a guy the Bills should want to keep around. Not only has the tackle position of Buffalo’s offensive line been great, in terms of the offense overall, both Dawkins and Williams were ranked top-five players on the Bills offense in 2020. Dawkins slightly edged-out Williams there, 80.00 to 79.1.

Still, there are others to consider on the Bills to label as “can’t afford to lose.” Really, that starts and ends with one, linebacker Matt Milano.

Thankfully, the Bills can decide to keep both guys, if they so chose.

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