It’s no secret the Buffalo Bills are in search for some wide receiver help. New Bills pass catchers John Brown and Cole Beasley helped Josh Allen‘s development and were a huge part of the improvements on the offensive side of the ball. However, the number two spot (ideally the 1a or 1b going forward) saw a rotation between Isaiah McKenzie, Duke Williams, and Robert Foster, without any of them being able to secure the starting spot — not ideal for a team looking for a deep playoff run in 2021.
“Wide receivers, tight ends — we will look for any type of playmakers, I call them touchdown-makers. Guys who can get the ball in their hands and take the pressure off of Josh where he doesn’t feel like he has to make every play himself”, said General Manager Brandon Beane in an appearance at Bleacher Report’s Stick to Football podcast.
Former Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was the first option Beane pursued, but unfortunately, Olsen picked Seattle instead. However, it looks like the ideal offseason to add “touchdown makers”. Some intriguing veteran options should become available in free agency or via trade, and the 2020 NFL Draft class looks deep and promising at wide receiver. This combination should make the GM’s job easier. He’ll be able to find good value through free agency and the trade market, which will allow him to stick to his board during the draft.
Amari Cooper is younger and in his prime, but you’d need to break the bank to the point of making him the highest-paid wide receiver in football to bring him to Buffalo. I don’t see Beane going this direction, especially with this promising draft class. Looking at the free agent pool, AJ Green is my favorite choice. Green is a veteran star who didn’t play last year.
He can come in and become a true number one for Allen, and if he can’t stay healthy or isn’t productive anymore, the commitment made to him wouldn’t be anywhere near the one made to Cooper. Add that you will have his future replacement drafted in round two or three, and you have a pretty good situation going with a Green/Brown/Beasley top three, with guys that could fall to the second round or later, like Jalen Reagor, Bryan Edwards, or Denzel Mims waiting in the wings.
Things getting interesting …
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Through the trade market, two other options intrigue me: Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs and Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay. Both are 26 and established number one options in their primes. They would instantly become Allen’s favorite target and elevate the offense to another level. Both would draw substantial investment, not just financially (Diggs has four more years at $11M annually, and Golladay will be entering his contract year), but also in assets to make the trade happen. It’s worth it, though. We’re talking about the surest options available to become the team’s number one receiver for years to come.
The options are endless. Beane can trade up for CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, or Henry Ruggs III, or stay put and pick Laviska Shenault or Tee Higgins, for example. But, with the way this wide receiver class looks deep and with the options available on the market, I would like to avoid another ‘trade up for Sammy Watkins‘ situation and secure a reliable veteran option, allowing me to find the best value in each round of the draft.