Mitch Morse gives Bills ‘athletic center more than a power center’

Buffalo Bills center Mitch Morse and quarterback Josh Allen call out the Indianapolis Colts defense during the third quarter at Bills Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. 

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In 2019, the Buffalo Bills signed Mitch Morse to a four-year contract worth $14.4 million.

At the time, the former member of the Kansas City Chiefs was the highest-paid center in the NFL.

In March, the Bills asked Morse to take a $2 million pay cut to help provide salary cap relief. He agreed. The restructuring of the deal allows him to recover most of the salary reduction through incentives.

Still, the reworking of Morse’s contract came after a season when, despite the best production by the Bills’ offense since their Super Bowl run of the mid-1990s, he was benched for one game and there were lingering doubts about his future with the team.

Was the pay cut an alternative to his being released? Was it an indication that Morse is in danger of being cut after the 2021 season?

Read the full story by Sandra Tan here.

Sandra Tan

According to the analytics website Pro Football Focus, he enters the ’21 campaign as the 15th-ranked center in the NFL with a grade of 65.8. That’s one spot higher than where he ranked among 32 centers who took at least 642 snaps in 2020 with a grade of 65.8.

Morse was seventh in PFF’s pass-blocking grading at 71.6.…

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