The Bears' Offer Sheet For Ryan Bates is IN ... And the Bills Have Until March 29 to Match

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The Bears’ Offer Sheet For Ryan Bates is IN … And the Bills Have Until March 29 to Match

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Earlier, it was reported that the Chicago Bears extended an offer sheet to restricted free agent Ryan Bates.

And there was some excitement seeing the Bears make a run at a free agent with some upside who could help improve the offensive line.

That Bates was planning to sign the tender was welcome news, too. After all, the Vikings and Patriots were among the teams showing interest in the Bills offensive linemen. At this stage of the game, we’ll take our wins whenever they come across our paths.

But now, here comes the last leg of the race. With the Bears sending out the offer sheet and Bates signing it, this leaves the Buffalo Bills left to make the ultimate decision. Buffalo can either match whatever Chicago’s offer sheet entails and bring Bates back into the fold. Or it could let Bates walk without receiving any compensation. As ESPN’s Field Yates points out, the Bills have until March 29 to make the call:

This puts Bills GM Brandon Beane on the clock.


Contract details aren’t available at this time. And I’m not sure what a fair guesstimate would be. However, I do recall the Saints’ offer sheet to then-restricted free agent Bears receiver Cameron Meredith in 2018 was in the range of two years and $10 million. To be clear, trying to figure out a direct comp isn’t easy. But would something in that area be something that prohibits the Bills from matching? For what it’s worth, that is in the range of what Lucas Patrick was just given by the Bears to play center. So … maybe?

Whatever it ends up being, the Bills have a decision to make. And have just five days to make it.

Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.