The Buffalo Bills have gotten a potential starting player under contract for the 2016 season. The team officially announced on Wednesday that offensive tackle Jordan Mills signed his one-year tender with the Bills.
Mills, 25, started the final five games of the season for Buffalo after having been signed from Detroit's practice squad on October 20. The Bills issued him a one-year tender as a restricted free agent, and he'll put the team on the hook for $1.671 million against the 2016 salary cap.
Joe B.'s Take
Jordan Mills will have every opportunity to battle with Seantrel Henderson for the starting right tackle job, and at this point, should be viewed as a slight favorite to win the job. Henderson is coming off missing the final five games of the season due to a reported bout with Crohn's disease, in which the right tackle lost weight.
The Bills are optimistic that Henderson can play this season, but he'll have to compete for the job. While the two played at a similarly below average level in their respective time on the field, Mills has a couple of things going in his favor as the season approaches:
First, Mills has a vast amount of starting experience in the league, having already started 34 games over the first three years of his career. Second, the Bills' offensive line coach, Aaron Kromer, used Mills as his starting right tackle when the two were both a member of the Chicago Bears in 2013 and 2014.
Kromer has a big say as to who lines up along the offensive line, which puts the odds on Mills to win the job.