Buffalo Bills re-sign LB Matt Milano to four-year deal worth $44 million

Sal Maiorana
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have been saying since the moment they arrived in Buffalo in 2017 that their goal was to get the Bills to the point where they could draft their players, develop them, and then re-sign them.

That is what they have done with one of the most important starters, linebacker Matt Milano, who's agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal that includes $24 million in guaranteed money to stay with the Bills.

A fifth-round pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Milano was set to hit the free agent market next week, and it didn’t look like the Bills were going to have enough salary cap space to retain him.

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However, they cleared $14.4 million in space Wednesday by releasing wide receiver John Brown and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, then re-worked a few other contracts –bincluding those of center Mitch Morse, defensive tackle Vernon Butler, and safety Micah Hyde.

Milano has been an integral member of the defense since he broke into the starting lineup about one-third of the way into his rookie season. His all-around ability to defend against the run and pass, plus be an occasional blitzer, has belied his draft status and made him a veritable steal.