The Buffalo Bills provided stability for the immediate future recently by extending C Mitch Morse to continue to anchor the team’s offensive line.
It would appear there is a good reason beyond his familiarity and cohesion with the offense behind that decision, in addition to the financial flexibility the new deal created for the Bills.
Pro Football Focus recognized Morse as one of only four NFL centers with a 70+ blocking grade over the past three seasons:
Only Centers with 70+ pass blocking grades in each of the past three seasons:
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Morse has stated a preference for remaining in Buffalo for the remainder of his career and can be a part of the consistency the team has sought for their offense up front.
As GM Brandon Bean has prioritized protecting Josh Allen, solidifying the offensive line with moves that have included re-upping with Morse has been a part of that effort.
Given the GM’s long-term focus on competing and building depth all around the roster to sustain that level of on-field performance, it would stand to reason the team may look to add talent to the center position. This would be consistent with the player development culture in Buffalo under Beane and head coach Sean McDermott and make sense given both the short-term deal Morse signed.
Given Beane’s track record of signing veteran talent to short-term pacts and developing younger players behind them at the position, Morse will have the chance to continue to contribute toward Buffalo’s goal of winning a Super Bowl over the next couple of seasons.