Phillips had a breakout season for Buffalo in 2019 with 9.5 sacks after re-signing on a one-year, prove-it deal, which puts him in a good position to cash in this offseason.
While there had been some rumblings the Bills could consider using the franchise tag on Phillips, Wawrow says they have other needs for that cap space.
In the end, this doesn’t come as a big surprise, as the Bills have a number of other strong options at defensive tackle, like their first-round pick in 2019, Ed Oliver.
Phillips, 27, is a former second-round pick of the Dolphins back in 2015. He was in the final year of his contract when the Dolphins waived him in 2018 and he was later claimed off waivers by the Bills.
Phillips re-signed in Buffalo in 2019 on a one-year, $4.5 million deal.
In 2019, Phillips appeared in all 16 games for the Bills, recording 31 total tackles, 9.5 sacks and one forced fumble. He was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 103 defensive tackle out of 113 qualifying players.