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Bills tender 4 RFAs

The Bills announced they made tender offers to four restricted free agents - safety George Wilson, cornerback Ashton Youboty, tight end Derek Schouman and linebacker Keith Ellison.

Not getting tender offers were: guard Richie Incognito, tackle Jonathan Scott, tight end Joe Klopfenstein and quarterback Gibran Hamdan.

The moves underscore what a mess the offensive line was last season, given the fact Scott started eight games, six at left tackle and two at right tackle.

The decision not to tender Incognito underscores the Bills' confidence that starting guard Eric Wood will be able to return on time from the broken leg injury he suffered last season. Incognito, claimed off waivers from St. Louis in December, started three games for Buffalo. Klopfenstein started one game.

The tender offers essentially tie the players to the Bills for the 2010 season. Wilson got a second-round offer ($1.7 million), meaning a team would have to give up a second-rounder to get him. Since Wilson was undrafted entering the league, if the Bills had tendered him at the lower level ($1.17 million), it would have been easy for him to sign somewhere else, since there would have been no compensation. Ellison was tendered at $1.17 million, and it would take a sixth-round pick for another team to sign him. It's virtually assured that Youboty and Schouman were signed at that level, too. Youboty was a third-rounder and Schouman a seventh-rounder.

--Mark Gaughan


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