The Bills continue to make moves along their offensive line. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the team is extending center Mitch Morse on a two-year, $19.5MM deal (Twitter link). Of that figure, $12MM is guaranteed.
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As a result of the new pact, Morse is now under contract for three more seasons. Garafolo adds that his 2022 compensation will increase from $8.5MM to $11.25MM, though the deal will also lower his cap number (which was also slated to be $11.25MM prior to this news) to $9MM.
Morse, who will be 30 at the start of next season, signed with the Bills in 2019. With the four-year deal being worth over $11MM per year on average, it made him the league’s highest-paid center. However, he took a pay cut two years later to remain with the team.
2021 saw the former second rounder play 1,167 snaps as he played in all 17 games. That continues a career-long trend of durability for him, as he has played (and started) in 96 of a possible 113 contests. According to PFF, the veteran earned an overall grade of 63.4, with five penalties committed and two sacks allowed. That is on par with his metrics in recent years.
With a consistent piece of their offensive line in place for the foreseeable future, the Bills have another important piece of business done in the build-up to free agency.