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49 minutes ago, Einstein's Dog said:

What are Milano/agent thinking?  How would anyone think this is a good message to send? 

 

It might be a fun thing to send to friends/family/old coworkers - but for the general public it doesn't play well (and who wouldn't think this would get out).

 

Well, it's on his Instagram feed, which is not private....so of course it's intended to get out.

 

Call me naive if you like, but how is this a bad message to send?  The plausible deniability is strong with this one.  He's thinking about buying a boat.  He just re-watched that movie.

 

Everyone and his Cat knows that at the Senior Bowl in January and combine in February, agents and front office people have drinks and dinner and, in a perfectly hypothetical way of course, chat about what their clients want/what teams are willing to pay for a free agent of similar abilities.  Most deals are brokered informally well before the start of the "Legal Tampering" period.

 

I think the point of the Wawrow/AP article (whether it came from the Bills, or from Milano's camp) was that Milano's camp politely let the Bills know what they thought they'd lined up so that the Bills could match, and the Bills said "sorry, no can do, Godspeed!"

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Top dollar? Bills fans to Milano  

Well it was nice having you in a Buffalo for these years

Matt Milano should do what is best for him.  The Buffalo Bills should do what is best for them.  Those won't necessarily line up.

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On 2/21/2021 at 4:38 PM, Mountain Man said:

It's the reality of having a franchise QB to pay. You have to make compromises and take risks. 

 

Its why on paper contending teams often have weaker looking teams than bad teams. 

 

Milano is a loss, but that's the reality now. You can't be great at every position AND pay a QB. Look at the Saints, Packers, Patriots even the Chiefs in recent years, all have had obvious roster flaws. 

 

Welcome to the reality of being a SuperBowl contender

 

 

This is an excellent case of pre-hatch chicken counting.

 

Milano's loss isn't a reality. It's a possibility. It's probably the best guess but it won't be the reality till he signs a new contract with another team.

 

And we haven't paid Allen, nor are we likely to give him a contract this year that will cost much of anything at all in 2021.. Big bucks after that? Yeah, seems very likely, but neither side will want the Bills to pay many cap bucks in 2021.

 

And the reason you can't be great at every position has a lot more to do with human fallibility than money. The Eagles weren't perfect at every position either, but they won without paying huge money to a QB (Wentz was on a 4 year $26 million contract).

 

On 2/21/2021 at 5:24 PM, John from Riverside said:

What is wrong with the one we have?  Just resign Williams

 

 

Might easily be too expensive to be a good decision. But if possible at a sensible value, sure, re-sign him.

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1 hour ago, Thurman#1 said:

 

 

This is an excellent case of pre-hatch chicken counting.

 

Milano's loss isn't a reality. It's a possibility. It's probably the best guess but it won't be the reality till he signs a new contract with another team.

 

And we haven't paid Allen, nor are we likely to give him a contract this year that will cost much of anything at all in 2021.. Big bucks after that? Yeah, seems very likely, but neither side will want the Bills to pay many cap bucks in 2021.

 

And the reason you can't be great at every position has a lot more to do with human fallibility than money. The Eagles weren't perfect at every position either, but they won without paying huge money to a QB (Wentz was on a 4 year $26 million contract).

 

 

 

Might easily be too expensive to be a good decision. But if possible at a sensible value, sure, re-sign him.

 

You may think it's not predetermined....but it is.

 

Beane used the same language and almost the same words last year about Lawson and Phillips.

 

He will not be paying market value for Milano and our young yacht shopper will not be anchoring in the Buffalo Marina. 

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7 hours ago, Blue on Blue said:

Isn't Milano the minimalist who lives on peanut butter and tuna, sleeps on a cot, and fits all his clothes into a backpack?

 

Looks like he'll be stepping up to albacore.

 

Perhaps he's an ironist, too?


 

Stepping into albacore: the life and times of millionaire pro athlete Mathew Milano

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1 hour ago, JMF2006 said:

 

You may think it's not predetermined....but it is.

 

Beane used the same language and almost the same words last year about Lawson and Phillips.

 

He will not be paying market value for Milano and our young yacht shopper will not be anchoring in the Buffalo Marina. 

It was a yacht. But it was a simple yacht. 

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23 minutes ago, benderbender said:

Draft Milanos replacement and use the savings on a OL that can run block 

 

OLB has historically been one of the easiest positions to transition to the NFL.  Most times, you can get 5 good value years (1st round picks) out of LBs.

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27 minutes ago, benderbender said:

Draft Milanos replacement and use the savings on a OL that can run block 

 

That's pretty much where I am.

Well, that, plus do whatever you can to improve the DL pressure we can get with 4 guys.

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On 2/21/2021 at 5:11 PM, Hapless Bills Fan said:

 

Well, it's on his Instagram feed, which is not private....so of course it's intended to get out.

 

Call me naive if you like, but how is this a bad message to send?  The plausible deniability is strong with this one.  He's thinking about buying a boat.  He just re-watched that movie.

 

Everyone and his Cat knows that at the Senior Bowl in January and combine in February, agents and front office people have drinks and dinner and, in a perfectly hypothetical way of course, chat about what their clients want/what teams are willing to pay for a free agent of similar abilities.  Most deals are brokered informally well before the start of the "Legal Tampering" period.

 

I think the point of the Wawrow/AP article (whether it came from the Bills, or from Milano's camp) was that Milano's camp politely let the Bills know what they thought they'd lined up so that the Bills could match, and the Bills said "sorry, no can do, Godspeed!"

 

Yea Milano's agent has a few dinners and informal chats works out roughly what the market is. Let's say for argument's sake (and because I think it is the reality) that number is around $11-12m AAV) in that Corey Littleton to Jaylon Smith range. He has an initial look and see conversation with Buffalo and because he knows it is a negotiation he opens at $13m and Beane opens at $9m.... it isn't a long conversation because both sides know that is a big bridge to cross and there is no driving incentive for either to shift dramatically. I am sure the door remains open to Matt. If the legal tampering period opens and he has no bites and the agent rings Beane and says "the number is $11m" then I am positive the Bills would be open to talk and see if they can come to a compromise. But there is no point exploring that when you start so far apart which I am guessing is where they are now. It is the business side of the sport, that is the way this cookie crumbles.

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Money isn’t everything. MILLIONS of people live off of way less then these people and are just fine, like myself. Greed is a terrible thing. And this is not just about Milano, all these players making MILLIONS playing a GAME and having the nerve to complain about money. 

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6 hours ago, CircleTheWagons99 said:

Money isn’t everything. MILLIONS of people live off of way less then these people and are just fine, like myself. Greed is a terrible thing. And this is not just about Milano, all these players making MILLIONS playing a GAME and having the nerve to complain about money. 

 

I only have 2 houses and 3 cars but I get along OK

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