By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
Mitch Morse – Signed by the Bills in 2019
When Mitch Morse agreed to join the Bills as a free agent before the 2019 season, it didn’t have the biggest impact among the signings on the fans that year. That was reserved for a pair of wide receivers. Centers are rather anonymous as football players go. Still, Morse had the biggest impact on the Bills’ finances.
Morse was a second-round pick of the Chiefs from Missouri in 2015. He was a starter on the offensive line from Day One, and stayed there for his four years on the team. Morse offered plenty of size at 6-foot-6, 305 pounds, and the Bills had been looking for a worthy replacement for Eric Wood for a while. It took $44.5 million over four years, but Morse became a Bill. At the time he was the highest-paid center in history.
It’s obviously very early to evaluate Morse’s career in Buffalo, but we can safely say he’s off to a good start. After suffering a preseason concussion, Morse played all 16 regular-season games in 2019. Meanwhile, the Bills’ offensive line did take a good-sized step forward. It’s tough to say if he’ll live up to that contract, but he certainly has a chance to move up this list.
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