“Matt and Dion, they the same representative so that’s a one call, one-stop shop,” Beane said, via Ryan Talbot of NewYorkUpstate.com. “Yeah, definitely have been in contact. You know, I don’t really like to get into negotiations too much, but I’ve definitely been in contact with their representatives giving them timelines of when we would look at things like that.”
Both players are entering the final year of their rookie contracts and are in line for pay increases.
Beane mentioned that they’re currently focused on the draft right now, but it’s possible they could shift their attention to new deals for Dawkins and Milano in the coming months.
“If you look at our history, I’ve generally done most of those guys — we did do Jordan before that, before we hit free agency beyond that — most of the guys I’ve done from Jerry Hughes, Eric Wood, [Stephen] Hauschka and some of those guys we’ve done more in the spring/summer time frame,” Beane said.
Dawkins, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Bills back in 2017. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $4.18 million contract that included $1.93 million guaranteed.
Dawkins will make a base salary of $985,441 for the 2020 season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
In 2019, Dawkins appeared in all 16 games for the Bills, making 16 starts at left tackle. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 25 offensive tackle out of 80 qualifying players.
Milano, 25, is a former fifth-round pick of the Bills back in 2017. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $2.66 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $735,000 for the 2020 season.
Milano will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
In 2019, Milano appeared in 15 games for the Bills and recorded 101 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, a recovery and nine passes defended. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 28 linebacker out of 89 qualifying players.