Buffalo Bills Defensive Star About to Be Traded?
March and April and easily the two most exciting months of the NFL off-season. It's fun for fans, but for obvious reasons it's stressful for players, coaches and front office personnel.
The Buffalo Bills have stayed busy with quite a few free agent signings to bolster the offense, which despite the top five placement in yards and points per game in 2022, was clearly not right down the stretch and in the playoffs.
The Bills have added offensive lineman Connor McGovern, quarterback Kyle Allen, running back Damien Harris and wide receivers Deonte Harty and Trent Sherfield.
Buffalo has lost linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, running back Devin Singletary, quarterback Case Keenum and safety Jaquan Johnson in free agency, while also releasing wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie.
But could the Bills be ready to trade one of their star defensive players?
There has been some trade speculation on social media about defensive tackle Ed Oliver, since the Bills have not signed the four-year pro to a new contract extension, with only his fifth-year option left on his rookie deal.
Oliver posted a cryptic Instagram story, that says "enjoyed myself," while showing a clip of him sacking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Oliver's cap hit is $10.7 million, which is also the dead cap number. Oliver for a wide receiver target is something that makes more sense in return and money in/out, but would be a blockbuster.
The Bills would have to decide that Oliver won't be extended after 2023 and the player coming in would make comparable money.
You never want to sacrifice depth and skill at any position, but general manager Brandon Beane has to decide where to allocate money. The Bills may decide they will sacrifice defense to help the offensive firepower.