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Posted: Thursday, 06 March 2014 12:16PM

Bills tender three ERFAs, re-sign CB

(WGR 550) -- The Buffalo Bills made sure that their exclusive rights free agents would be back in Buffalo for at least a little while. The team announced they have issued tenders to wide receiver Chris Hogan, fullback Frank Summers and guard Antoine McClain.

In the NFL, exclusive rights free agents (ERFAs) have two options when tendered by their team. They can choose to accept the tender and sign it, or they can leave the NFL entirely. ERFAs are defined as players that have contracts end before the player has three vested seasons in the NFL.

Usually it's a case of players trying to hook on in the NFL, and teams will smartly sign them to contracts that put them in that category to retain their rights without much of a fight. The most significant ERFA in recent Bills history was running back Fred Jackson.

The Bills also announced they re-signed cornerback Brandon Smith to an undisclosed contract. In regards to their unrestricted free agents, the Bills have until March 11 to strike a deal or they will hit the open market. Other teams may start to contact potential unrestricted free agents on March 8.

The team's unrestricted free agents include safety Jairus Byrd, tight end Scott Chandler, defensive lineman Alex Carrington, kicker Dan Carpenter and linebacker Arthur Moats among others.

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