On the morning of the first day of free agency, Buffalo Bills general manager told WGR that the team made an aggressive offer to tight end Scott Chandler. Given the fact Chandler didn’t re-up with the club before 4:00pm Tuesday, it’s apparent Chandler wanted to test the open market. Either league-wide interest was minimal or his heart was truly in Buffalo. Either way, he’s returning to the club.
Adam Schefter was the first to report that the Bills have re-signed Chandler to a two-year contract. Terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.
Chandler will enter his fifth year with the Bills and is coming off a team-leading 53 receptions for 655 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.
“I’m just really excited to be back in Buffalo,” Chandler told Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News from his home in Iowa. “My family, my wife and I, have really always loved Western New York since we moved there. Obviously, the organization kinda gave me my start. So I’m really excited to be back.”
With Chandler returning the Bills now have five tight ends on the roster, including Lee Smith, Chris Gragg, Tony Moeaki and Mike Caussin.
Translation— despite seeing reports free agency suggesting the Bills wouldn’t be precluded from drafting a tight end early even if Chandler returns, that’s not happening. Like it or not, you can scratch Eric Ebron off your Bills first-round draft boards. At this point I think Chandler is the safety valve while the team finds out what they have primarily in Moeaki and Gragg this season.