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Urbik locked up for four years

By Mark Gaughan

The Buffalo Bills have given their offensive line some long-term security.

Starting right guard Kraig Urbik has agreed to a contract extension, the team confirmed today. Urbik was set to become a free agent after the season.

The Bills' starting left guard, Andy Levitre, also has a contract that will expire after the season. The deal is for four years, and ESPN.com reported it is worth $15 million.

Urbik has started the past two seasons for the Bills and given the Bills' stoutness up the middle. The offensive line is one of the strongest units on the team, and the Bills have finally solidified their "middle three" after years of problems up the middle during much of their 13-year playoff drought.

Center Eric Wood has a contract that runs out after the 2013 season. Chad Rinehart, the Bills' top interior backup lineman who is on injured reserve, also will be a free agent after the season. The Bills have ranked among the top five in the NFL in yards per carry the past two years. They led the league last year in fewest sacks allowed and stand 14th this year in sack prevention.

Urbik, 6-foot-5 and 323 pounds, has started 26 of 34 games played for the Bills. He ranked 18th among NFL guards last year and stands 24th this year, according to grades on Profootballfocus.com.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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