The Buffalo Bills season ended with a heartbreaking 42-36 overtime loss in playoffs to the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round.
Buffalo made the playoffs for the fourth time in five years under coach Sean McDermott, but pulled out a round earlier this year after losing to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship game a year ago. a season.
Here’s what to know as the Bills head into the offseason:
2022 Buffalo Bills Schedule
The Bills will play each AFC East team — Miami, New England and the New York Jets — twice.
The AFC East teams will also face all the AFC North and NFC North teams. Since Buffalo won its division, it will face the other firsts of the AFC.
This will be the second year of the NFL’s 17-game schedule. Buffalo will play eight games at home and nine on the road.
Home opponents: New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings.
Away opponents: New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, Los Angeles Rams.
2022 Buffalo Bills draft pick
The Bills’ draft berth was determined after the playoff split round. Buffalo will have the overall pick. The 2022 NFL Draft will take place April 28-30 in Paradise, Nevada.
The Jacksonville Jaguars will have the No. 1 pick for the second consecutive season.
Buffalo has nine total selections in the seven-round draft:
- First round: 1
- Second round: 1
- Third round: 1
- Fourth round: 1
- Fifth round: 1
- Sixth round: 2 (Buffalo acquired the Carolina Panthers’ pick for defensive end Darryl Johnson)
- Seventh round: 2 (Buffalo acquired the Atlanta Falcons’ pick for tight end Lee Smith)
2022 Buffalo Bills salary cap
The salary cap is expected to reach $208.2 million in 2022. This represents a 14.1% increase from the 2021 salary cap.
The Bills are expected to have just over $7.5 million in salary cap space, eighth-lowest in the NFL, according to above the ceiling. Buffalo has 41 players under contract in 2022.
Buffalo could release center Mitch Morse to save $8.5 million in cap space while taking a $2.75 million hit in dead money. The Bills could save $6.1 million with $1.5 million dead cap by parting ways with wide receiver Cole Beasley. He could also save $5.1 million by releasing linebacker AJ Klein.
The Bills could release defensive end Trent Murphy to save more than $8 million in cap space while taking a hit of $1.75 in dead cap. Buffalo would save $2.25 million off the cap by parting ways with tight end Lee Smith. Defensive tackle Vernon Butler would save Buffalo $6.85 million with a $1 million cap.
2022 Buffalo Bills Free Agents
The Bills unrestricted free agents are: DE Jerry Hughes, DE Mario Addison, DT Vernon Butler, WR Emmanuel Sanders, QB Mitchell Trubisky, G Ike Boettger, CB Levi Wallace, RB Taiwan Jones, DE Efe Obada, WR Isaiah McKenzie, RB Matt Breida, DT Harrison Phillips, DT Justin Zimmer, S Siran Neal.
Guard Ryan Bates is a restricted free agent and linebacker Tyrel Dodson is an exclusive free agent.