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The Buffalo Bills agreed to sign starting linebacker Matt Milano to a two-year contract extension on Sunday.
The extension locks up a six-year starter — who is coming off his first All-Pro season — through 2026, and just as importantly helps ease the Bills’ immediate payroll restrictions.
Milano, who was born in Commack and grew up in the Orlando area, was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 draft out of Boston College and eventually established himself as a starter during his rookie season. He helped lead the Bills to finish third or better in the NFL in fewest yards allowed three times in the past five years.
Capable in both run- and pass-defending situations, Milano has eight career interceptions and his 27 tackles for a loss over the past two seasons are tied for third among NFL players over that span.
Last season, he tallied 99 combined tackles, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), two fumble recoveries and 1 1/2 sacks.
Check out his 2022 highlights below.
Reporting with John Wawrow of the Associated Press
Top: Buffalo Bills linebacker Matt Milano (58) reacts during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)