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1. Wide receiver: The Bills are woefully thin as the only proven and productive player still on the depth chart is Sammy Watkins.
3. Quarterback: With Tyrod Taylor back, the Bills will probably look to draft someone in the middle rounds and have that player compete with second-year pro Cardale Jones to be the backup.
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DB Robert Blanton was mostly a non-factor on defense in the 10 games he played.
DB Sergio Brown was primarily a bottom of the roster player who won't be re-signed.
LB Zach Brown signed a one-year prove-it deal last season, and he proved he can be a top-flight player. He finished second in the NFL in tackles, and that will certainly drive his price up, perhaps out of the cap-strapped Bills' range.
DT Corbin Bryant is a solid rotation player who they'd like to bring back at the right price. If Kyle Williams is a surprise salary cap cut, getting Bryant into the fold would be a priority.
RB Reggie Bush finished with minus-three yards rushing in 2016. Enough said.
DL Leger Douzable had a very nice year in Rex Ryan's defense, but his role would be different in the Sean McDermott defense, and he's now on the wrong side of 30.
FB Jerome Felton was cut at the end of training camp, then re-signed prior to Week 2 and had a solid season. The run-heavy Bills would like to get him back to lead block for LeSean McCoy.
TE Chris Gragg was starting to show some promise when he suffered a season-ending knee injury. There's a chance the Bills would bring him back.
SS James Ihedigbo joined the Bills midway through the year, but his contribution was limited due to injury. There probably won't be much interest from Buffalo.
FS Jonathan Meeks has been with the Bills four years and has produced very little on defense, though he had some value on special teams.
LB Brandon Spikes is nothing more than a run stopper at this stage. He was a poor fit in the Ryan defense, but he could be worth a look in the new 4-3, but the Bills won't make him a priority.
DB Corey White had some value because he could line up at CB and FS. He won't have much of a market, so he might be willing to return on a minimal-type deal.
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LB IK Enemkpali (not tendered as RFA) missed all of 2016 with a knee injury and most likely is done in Buffalo.
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RB Mike Gillislee (tendered at $1.797M with fifth-round pick as compensation) combines with LeSean McCoy to be a solid 1-2 punch.
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S Shamiel Gray won't draw much interest and will probably be back in Buffalo.
WR Dezmin Lewis was a 2015 seventh-round draft pick who has given the Bills almost zero production.
LB Lorenzo Alexander: UFA; $5.95M/2 yrs, $1.1M SB/$4.1M guaranteed, $1M injury only at time of signing.
OL Ryan Groy: RFA tendered at $1.797M with no compensation); matched Rams offer of $5M/2 yrs, $3.5M guaranteed).
LB Ramon Humber: Potential UFA; $900,000/1 yr.
T Jordan Mills: UFA; $3.8M/2 yrs, $400K SB.
P Colton Schmidt: Potential RFA; terms unknown.
WR/KR Brandon Tate: UFA; $1.01M/1 yr, $80K SB.
RB Joe Banyard: Not tendered as ERFA by Jaguars; terms unknown.
WR Philly Brown: Not tendered as RFA By Panthers; terms unknown.
WR Jeremy Butler: Not tendered as ERFA by Chargers; $625K/1 yr.
DE Scott Crichton (waivers Vikings).
DE Ryan Davis: UFA Cowboys; $2.2M/2 yrs, $100K SB.
FB Patrick DiMarco: UFA Falcons; $8.4M/4 yrs, $2M SB/$4.8M guaranteed, $1.5M injury only at time of signing.
G Vlad Ducasse: UFA Ravens; $3.5M/3 yrs, $250K SB.
K Steven Hauschka: UFA Seahawks; $8.85M/3 yrs, $3M SB/$4M guaranteed.
WR Andre Holmes: UFA Raiders; $5.15M/3 yrs, $1.65M SB/$2.45M guaranteed.
S Micah Hyde: UFA Packers; $30.5M/5 yrs, $8M SB/$14M guaranteed, $3.7M injury only at time of signing.
CB Leonard Johnson: UFA Panthers; $855K/1 yr, $80 SB.
S Jordan Poyer: UFA Browns; $13M/4 yrs, $3.5M SB/$6M guaranteed, $1M injury only at time of signing.
FB Mike Tolbert: FA Panthers; $1.1M/1 yr.
K Dan Carpenter (released).
TE Gerald Christian (released).
WR Marcus Easley (released).
CB Stephon Gilmore: UFA Patriots; $65M/5 yrs, $18M SB/$40M guaranteed, $9M injury only at time of signing.
WR Marquise Goodwin: UFA 49ers; $6M/2 yrs, $2.5M SB/$4.45M guaranteed.
S Corey Graham (released).
WR Percy Harvin: UFA (retired).
WR Justin Hunter: UFA Steelers; $855K/1 yr, $30K SB.
QB EJ Manuel: UFA Raiders; $800K/1 yr.
LB Lerentee McCray: UFA Jaguars; $2M/1 yr, $750,000 guaranteed.
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman (released).
LS Garrison Sanborn (released).
S Phillip Thomas (released).
S Aaron Williams (released/post-June 1 designation).
WR Robert Woods: UFA Rams; $34M/5 yrs, $15M guaranteed, $5M injury only at time of signing.