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LB Matt Milano signs 4-year contract extension with Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano (58) recorded 45 total tackles and an interception in 10 regular-season games in 2020. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI
Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano (58) recorded 45 total tackles and an interception in 10 regular-season games in 2020. File Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

March 11 (UPI) -- The Buffalo Bills agreed to a four-year contract extension with linebacker Matt Milano on Thursday, the team announced.

League sources told ESPN and NFL Media that Milano's deal is worth $44 million and includes $24 million in guaranteed money.

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The Bills made multiple moves to create enough salary-cap space to sign Milano to the extension, including restructuring the contracts of offensive lineman Mitch Morse and defensive lineman Vernon Butler. Buffalo also released veteran wide receiver John Brown and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson.

The series of roster moves cleared about $14 million in cap space, allowing for Milano's return.

"He's a very good defensive player and you always want to keep as many as you can," Bills general manager Brandon Beane told the team's official website in January. "He's done such a great job since he came in here to improve from 2017 to now."

The 26-year-old Milano missed six games this past season due to a pectoral injury. In 10 regular-season games with the Bills, he recorded 45 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, one interception and three passes defensed.

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Milano, a fifth-round pick in the 2017 draft, has notched 274 tackles, six sacks, three forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, five interceptions and 21 pass breakups in 54 career games in Buffalo.

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