According to a report from John Wawrow of the Associated Press, linebacker Matt Milano is expected to test the free agent market once the new NFL league year opens on Wednesday, March 17.
Milano, 26, is a former fifth round pick (163rd overall) of the Buffalo Bills in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Boston College. He became a starter on the Buffalo defense during his rookie season, and immediately contributed with 49 tackles, seven tackles for loss, six quarterback hits, one interception, one forced fumble and a defensive touchdown.
In four seasons spent in Orchard Park, Milano compiled 273 combined tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 25 quarterback hits, six sacks, five interceptions and two forced fumbles in 54 games played.
Milano's best season with the Bills came in 2019, where he started 15 games, registering 101 total tackles, seven tackles for loss, seven quarterback hits, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
This past season saw Milano dealing with some injuries, including a hamstring injury and a partially torn pectoral muscle. However, he still managed a productive season with 45 combined tackles, four tackles for loss, nine quarterback hits, 3.5 sacks and an interception in 10 games played.
According to Spotrac.com, Milano’s projected value on the free agent market is set at $13.8 million. If the Bills were to utilize the franchise tag on Milano this offseason, the projected value is set at $15.6 million.
With the NFL's minimum salary cap currently set at $180 million for the 2021 season, down from $198 million in 2020, it may be difficult for the Bills to find a way to bring Milano back into the fold.
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