Ryan Bates, a guard who was forced into starting duty due to injury and illness and who ultimately held onto the position through the playoffs, was an unexpected late-season find for the Buffalo Bills.
Now that the Chicago Bears have made an offer that Buffalo might be compelled to reject, the franchise is seriously at risk of losing the.
25-year-old restricted free agent. Since the start of free agency, Bates had visited a number of teams who were interested in signing him.
He was regarded as one of the best young lineman available, and the cash-strapped Bills now risk losing him.
Bates received a $2.4 million original-round tender from the Bills, but as ESPN's Alaina Getzenberg and Courtney Cronin wrote.
he also received visits from the Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and New England Patriots.
Buffalo has the option to match any contract that Chicago makes to Bates, but the Bills might find Chicago's offer to be too expensive.
However, he started the final three games of the regular season because of injuries to guards Jon Feliciano and Ike Boettger.
Bates took advantage of his moment, as ESPN's Getzenberg and Cronin remarked.
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