Bills Mailbag: Which player is on the hot seat entering the 2022 season?

Jay Skurski

Welcome to this week’s Bills Mailbag. Let’s get right to your questions …

Mark David asks: Which Bills player is on the hot seat in 2022?

Jay: Tremaine Edmunds. The Bills picked up his fifth-year option, meaning he’s going into the final year of his contract. After handing out big-money deals to Josh Allen and Von Miller, among others, there is no guarantee Edmunds will get an extension. The former first-round draft pick is a polarizing player for fans. Calling him a bust would definitely be a stretch, but expecting a bit more from him – given when he was picked – is fair. At some point, General Manager Brandon Beane isn’t going to be able to pay everybody. The Bills already paid Matt Milano, and may not want to sink big money into two linebackers. Edmunds has a ton to prove in 2022.

Douglas Ujvary asks: Do you think the Bills try to trade A.J. Epenesa or Cody Ford?

Jay: I don’t believe they’ll trade either. If Beane were to do so, he’d be selling low on both of them. Ford is entering the final year of his rookie contract and, at the very least, provides decent veteran depth along the offensive line. He can play four of the five positions. While he certainly hasn’t lived up to his draft status, that versatility at least provides some value. As for Epenesa, it’s too early to cut bait…

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