Buffalo wasted no time signing their outstanding punter Colton Scmidt, surprise RB Mike Gillislee and two others to contract extensions on Monday afternoon. CB Mario Butler and WR Greg Salas were the other two players Buffalo elected to extend on locker clean out day.
In his second season as the Bills punter, Schmidt finished seventh in the NFL for net punting average at a clip of 41.3 yards as well as 10th overall for gross punting average (46.3). It was a very successful season for Schmidt who was as steady as they come for in helping flip the field on numerous occasions.
For Gillislee, his extension was earned over the the final five weeks of the regular season. After being signed off the practice squad ahead of the Bills’ Week 13 contest against the Houston Texans, Gillislee took advantage of his NFL opportunity by using his 47 total carries to gain 267 yards and score three touchdowns. Entering Week 17 he was averaging over 10 yards per carry.
Butler has been a part of Buffalo’s 53-man roster for the entirety of the 2015 campaign and started in each of the Bills’ final two contests. In Sunday’s season finale against the Jets, Butler broke up a sure touchdown pass to an initially, wide open Kenbrell Thompkins along the sideline in the waning seconds of the game. It was a huge play to help lock up a Bills’ win.
As for Salas, he been with the team for just two short weeks, appearing in each of the Bills’ final two games this season. Salas recorded three receptions for 41 yards this past Sunday.