Thursday, March 20, 2014

Chandler contract on par with Bills' TE insecurities


For Scott Chandler, it seems his best just isn't good enough.

After posting career numbers last season and stepping up as the Buffalo Bills' main passing target while the wide receiver corps struggled through injury, it looked like the 28-year-old was in line for a payday.

Problem was, nobody was buying.

After a cold dip of the toe in the free-agent pool, Chandler ultimately turned back and signed a two-year deal to remain with Buffalo, a deal worth an average of $2.375 million per year, according to Mike Rodak of That's pay cut for the eight-year pro, who made $350K more on average through his previous contract with the Bills.

Even the guaranteed money from his new deal, $1.2 million, is less than his prior deal.

It seems the team may have had the same concerns we've pointed out with Chandler's overall performance in 2013, where his team-leading reception numbers and sometimes deadly red-zone presence doesn't tell the entire story. His 6-foot-7 frame is certainly a plus to have in the seam, though he's failed to prove he can be a consistent dual-threat tight end.

With the re-signing of Mike Caussin, coupled with the continued presence of Tony Moeaki on the roster, it looks like Buffalo is unsure just how their tight end game plan is going to pan out. Their deal with Chandler seems to be right in line with their skepticism.

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