Former Bills Veteran’s Wife Sends Message After Sudden Release


One of the most difficult farewells for the Buffalo Bills was to have to say goodbye to their guard Ike Boettger.Boettger, who has played with the Bills since 2018, did not make the cut for the active roster this season.

However, it was widely anticipated that he would be re-signed to the practice squad. Zach Vaughn, editor-in-chief of Buffalo Fanatics, commented on the website that “Boettger is gonna be on the PS or I’ll be an animal’s Uncle,” while Joe Buscaglia, writing for The Athletic, stated that “it would not be a surprise” to see the veteran back on the practice squad, especially considering that he is not subject to waivers. Boettger is not subject to waivers.

Boettger was not one of the 16 players that the Bills signed to their practice squad, despite the fact that the Bills did sign 16 players. According to a post made on Instagram by the guard’s wife, Katie Boettger, it appears that the guard’s time spent in Orchard Park has come to an end. This comes despite the fact that Buffalo will continue to make changes to their roster throughout the course of the season.
On September 4, Katie posted a series of images on her Instagram account featuring her husband and their two daughters dressed in Buffalo Bills clothing. She captioned the photos with the following: “We closed this chapter the past week, and as I sit here and reflect on our time there, all I truly think about is how lucky we’ve been! For us, Buffalo has become a home away from home, and the residents of the city are genuinely remarkable people. The friendships, the community, the team, and the women’s organization, among other things, are genuinely exceptional.During our time in Buffalo, we were able to experience many firsts: our first home as a married couple, our first OB/gyn appointments, a pandemic, injuries, recoveries, healings, witnessing incredible miracles, growing our faith, strengthening our marriage, concerts, holiday parties, GNOs, Bible studies, crazy snowstorms, and even more crazy snowstorms! We would want to extend our gratitude to the coaches, the other wives, and the community for making this a memorable part of our life.

The comments section was full of people wishing each other well. Amanda Hyde, who is married to Micah Hyde, sent a message that read, “we love you guys so much,” and Alex Seefeldt, who is dating Dawson Knox, added, “love y’all.” The reply made by Brandon Beane’s wife, Hayley, who is the general manager of the Bills, was “Love you so very much. To having you in our lives was beyond a blessing! You and Ike are the very best in the world.”
Despite the fact that re-signing Boettger was one of Buffalo’s initial offseason moves, it appeared as though the 6-foot-6 Iowa graduate would be on the outside looking in as the Bills moved on to sign former Dallas Cowboys guard Connor McGovern to a three-year deal worth $23 million and former Los Angeles Rams Super Bowl champion David Edwards.

The Bills also selected the Florida guard O’Cyrus Torrence in the second round of the draft. In the end, Torrence beat off the veteran Ryan Bates to win the starting right guard position for the Bills.
In light of those additions, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News anticipated that it would be “one of the toughest cuts” for the Bills to make regarding Boettger. After sustaining a torn Achilles tendon in December 2021 – an injury that essentially kept him out of action for the entirety of the previous season – he is a fan favorite in the changing room and should be back to 100 percent soon.

Over the course of the previous two seasons, Boettger has endured a challenging road. After becoming hurt in Week 16 of the 2021 season, just minutes into the second quarter of the Bills’ triumph over the New England Patriots by a score of 33-21, he was sidelined for the majority of the previous year’s games. The results of the MRI performed the next day revealed that Boettger had torn his left Achilles tendon and would require surgery to finish his season.

Boettger had received an overall grade of 59.8 from Pro Football Focus for the 2021 NFL season before he had an injury that sidelined him for the season. He had played in 15 games, starting 10 of them.

Boettger had received an overall grade of 59.8 from Pro Football Focus for the 2021 NFL season before he had an injury that sidelined him for the season. He had played in 15 games, starting 10 of them.

According to a piece that was published on Bleacher Report by Alex Ballentine, “There aren’t a lot of great options at the position on the market, but the Giants might want to give Ike Boettger a call.” He isn’t the best player in the world by any stretch of the imagination, but he did start 17 games for the Bills when Giants head coach Jim Daboll was their defensive coordinator.

According to PFF, Boettger is not a road-grader in the run game; nonetheless, between the 2020 and 2021 seasons combined, he only allowed one quarterback to be sacked due to his play. In other words, he could play guard on either the left or right side of the Giants’ offensive line, and the pass protection wouldn’t suffer.