Bills Respond After Bears Sign Ryan Bates to Offer Sheet
The Chicago Bears put the pressure on the Buffalo Bills last week by signing offensive lineman Ryan Bates to an offer sheet. With Bates being a restricted free agent, Buffalo was given five days to decide on either matching the deal or letting the 25-year-old walk.
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The Bills took their time to deliberate, and they've responded to the Bears' attempt to steal Bates.
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Buffalo has elected to match Chicago's offer and keep Bates, GM Brandon Beane announced Monday.
Bates, an undrafted free agent in 2019 who's spent his first three NFL seasons with the Bills, now gets a nice pay day and potentially long-term deal to stay put.
The Penn State product will get the first two years and $8.8 million guaranteed on his overall four-year, $17 million contract. This deal allows Buffalo to bring back an important depth piece and keep the 6-foot-4, 302-pound lineman around for a championship run.
Bates has carved out a solid role in Buffalo after going undrafted. He's appeared in every game over each of the past two years and recorded his first four career starts for the Bills last season.
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