Ryan Bates visited Vikings, set to visit Patriots and Bears after RFA tender from Bills

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The Bills tendered guard Ryan Bates as a restricted free agent this week, but there’s no draft pick compensation attached to signing him away from Buffalo and teams are showing interest in his services.

Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press reports that Bates’ Thursday meeting with the Vikings went well and that the team is interested in extending an offer. A decision about how to proceed is likely to wait, however.

Bates is set to meet with the Patriots and Bears next week and those visits will determine next steps for all involved.

Bates played 41 games for the Bills over the last three years and he made his first four regular season starts last year. The Bills tendered him at $2.433 million for the 2022 season.

26 responses to “Ryan Bates visited Vikings, set to visit Patriots and Bears after RFA tender from Bills

  1. That’s all well and good but the Vikings had better do something to bolster this offensive line before everything plays out with Bates. He can take his time to decide which offer he likes and then the Bills have a week to match it. There are literally no starting caliber guards left in free agency and JC Tretter is the only center (he probably signed with someone while I was typing this). Time is not on your side but there is no sense of urgency with the Vikings so far in building a team that they apparently think can win a Super Bowl this year.

  2. This would be a nice little steal job by BB as that OL is in a shambles in Buffalo.

  3. This would be a nice little steal job by BB as that OL is in a shambles in Buffalo.
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    LOL pal. 7 drives, 7 TDs.

  4. This would be a nice little steal job by BB as that OL is in a shambles in Buffalo.
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    That shambles is going to stomp the AFC East.

    Your desperation is growing with each post you make.

  5. touchback6 says:
    March 18, 2022 at 6:35 pm
    This would be a nice little steal job by BB as that OL is in a shambles in Buffalo

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    If the Bills OL is in shambles, how did they score 7 straight TDs against BB’s defense in their last game? Do you even watch football?

  6. Spent more games on the practice squad than games he started. Sounds like a perfect fit for the Pats.

  7. Looks like the Bills just scored another TD against the Pats, Take that Sully!

  8. mikebacker9090 says:
    March 18, 2022 at 7:10 pm
    Looks like the Bills just scored another TD against the Pats, Take that Sully!

    00Rate This
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    Looks like the Pats will admire their 6 SB Trophies in the Cap Era and it can be done easily in 13 seconds!

    bawhahaa!

    13 seconds

    It simply cannot be made up.

  9. nhpats2011 says:
    March 18, 2022 at 6:55 pm
    touchback6 says:
    March 18, 2022 at 6:35 pm
    This would be a nice little steal job by BB as that OL is in a shambles in Buffalo

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    If the Bills OL is in shambles, how did they score 7 straight TDs against BB’s defense in their last game? Do you even watch football?

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    Here’s a better question? Has any team ever lost on 2 plays with 13 seconds to go one game away from the AFC title game? LOL!

    13 seconds!

    I am good with my team laying an egg in a postseason game after 2 Dynasties in the Cap Era.

    I’ve watched PLENTY of football, unlike you, little MIllennial!

  10. “Has any team ever lost on 2 plays with 13 seconds to go one game away from the AFC title game? LOL!”
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    The Pats gave up 60 yards in 16 seconds in the ’18 AFCCG.

    Only difference is that the Pats won the coin toss.

    It’s cool to hear you sound like a Yankees fan, btw. 6 is the new 27.

  11. I dont get the excitement over this guy – the Bills will likely match any offer.

  12. purpleguy says:
    March 18, 2022 at 7:56 pm
    I dont get the excitement over this guy – the Bills will likely match any offer.
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    The Bills like O lineman that can play every position on the line. Bates was a FA signing as a guard. He outplayed two tackles (Cody Ford, Daryl Williams) at guard and started in last games of the year and playoffs. He has proved he can start. He was revered in Buffalo because when he came in to start, the line play improved.

  13. What free agent would want to sign with NE this year? No named offensive coordinator and with all the players they’ve let go, not to mention the lack of any free agent signings, they are actually worse right now than they were last year.

  14. I think he might look at what the Bears are building and see a real opportunity to play with a great young qb and a family atmosphere with a great staff.

  15. Kabasaman says:
    March 19, 2022 at 4:53 pm
    I think he might look at what the Bears are building and see a real opportunity to play with a great young qb and a family atmosphere with a great staff

    Is there another bears team in the NFL, cause who youre talking about is far from the team in chicago. They aren’t building anything but a losing season so far, and that promising qb can’t read defenses, holds the ball forever and lacks pocket awareness. Kinda like he was in college. So im sure he isn’t looking at the same team you are talking about.

  16. I sure do hope these other teams fail to a compelling offer. Until now I have believed that Beane knows how to tender a free agent. In this case, though, I don’t get it. The offense did not approach unstoppable until Bates replace Boettger/Feliciano. Most of the league was watching. He demonstrated good production against some pretty good defensive linemen and linebackers.

    They cut Feliciano, which they knew they were doing when they tendered him so low. The difference between his and a second round tender is 1.5M. The drop-off from Bates to Boettger, if total offensive performance is taken into account, is worth more than that.

    They are probably going to draft a guard, but I think they misjudged his market and tendered Bates wrong.

  17. scottdcp says:
    March 19, 2022 at 7:21 pm
    They are probably going to draft a guard, but I think they misjudged his market and tendered Bates wrong.

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    I would have to respectfully disagree. Bates did play wonderfully but not to the point of a upgraded tender. No team would have made a market offer for him if they would have had to give up a second in return if Buffalo refused to match. Now with a zero compensation tender, teams are entertaining Bates and probably making low ball offers (since why he hasnt signed anywhere yet). I have a feeling Bates will sign the tender, start again and improve his stock and try for a better contract next year.

  18. If Bates wanted to sign with the Vikings he wouldn’t be holding additional interviews.

  19. I agree with the drafting of a guard… Saffold and Ford are the only guards on roster.

    Roger Alston says:
    March 20, 2022 at 8:07 am
    scottdcp says:
    March 19, 2022 at 7:21 pm
    They are probably going to draft a guard, but I think they misjudged his market and tendered Bates wrong.

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