2023 NFL Free Agency: What to expect from Bills WR Trent Sherfield


While the rumors about Odell Beckham Jr. have been heating up since the beginning of free agency, the veteran wide receiver has yet to sign. This hasn’t stopped Buffalo Bills General Manager Brandon Beane from adding talent and depth to this roster, though. Today, Beane went out and signed former Miami Dolphin and San Francisco 49er Trent Sherfield to a one-year deal. Sherfield was a key special teamer last season for Miami, and added some depth behind Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.

Sherfield had 30 receptions for 417 yards and two touchdowns last season with Miami. According to PFF, Sherfield lined up in the slot 235 times and on the boundary 224 times, bringing some versatility to the wide receiver room. Don’t be surprised if the Bills take advantage of that and use Sherfield all over the field.

Erik Turner from Cover 1 had some notes on Sherfield and liked the idea of him coming to Buffalo in free agency this offseason. One thing he talked about was his ability to run block, and at his introductory press conference today, Sherfield spoke about his ability to create holes for running backs.

“I think just the willingness. That’s all it is. Just wanting to do it and it’s something I know that I’m good at. something I take pride in,” Sherfield says about his willingness as a blocker. “Obviously, when you say that to a wide receiver they would probably shy away from it, but for me, it’s a job. If that’s my job, I’m going to be the best at it. I kind of had to make my way by sneaking through the back door in this league, being a special teams player and those types of different things. I think that kind of goes into it.”

Sherfield has also met with Ken Dorsey about the offense and shared his thoughts on the soon-to-be second-year play caller.

“I have sat down with Ken today. It was actually a really really good conversation. We just went over some different plays, looked at the offense, and just looked at some preliminary stuff. Nothing too crazy. It was good to meet everybody,” Sherfield said.

Turner also likes that Sherfield can win at all three levels and has some reliable hands in traffic, as well as having some good boundary awareness and success against a zone defense. Sherfield talks about his development as a wide receiver.

“I’m really a detail-oriented person,” Sherfield added. “Some things that I have listed are coming off the ball, making sure I’m quarterback friendly. Those are two things right now I have on my mind that I want to make sure that I continue to improve on as far as being a wide receiver. It’s just getting the opportunity, just to get out there, putting some good things on tape to show that I can do this and that I’m a great wide receiver.”

Sherfield also added that free agency was a “whirlwind” experience and that he believed he would return to Miami when it began, but ultimately, the Dolphins decided to go in a different direction. He also added that he is at peace with his decision of signing with Buffalo, and wants to showcase his talents as an elite receiver in this league by playing with an elite-level quarterback in Josh Allen.