Hypothetical Buffalo Bills Trade Is Something They Should Explore
The Buffalo Bills will have changes to the roster this off-season, which could be significant if most of the pending free agents end up not being back with the team.
The Bills are $20 million over the salary cap and will have to be under that by the start of the new league year, which means that general manager Brandon Beane will have to restructure one or multiple contracts to get under the cap; and just have enough money to sign other free agents and sign their draft picks.
There are two positions the Bills should look to improve upon over the next three months: wide receiver and offensive line.
The Bills need to have an upgrade at wide receiver, beyond Stefon Diggs and a cheap way to do that is to draft one in round one or two. However, what about a trade?
The free agent market doesn't look great for wide receivers and perhaps trading for Denver Broncos number one wide receiver Jerry Jeudy could be an option.
Albert Breer of Monday Morning Quarterback reported the Broncos made Jeudy available for a trade this past season, when things really started going south before the deadline, but the teams calling were not prepared to pay the price it would have cost to get Jeudy.
Jeudy is on the fourth year of his five-year rookie contract, and will make $4.8 million in 2023. That goes up to $12.9 million in 2024.
That means the Bills could sign Jeudy to a big extension, if they so choose, and wouldn't have that larger cap hit until after 2024. By then, the Bills might decie to move on from an aging Stefon Diggs or lose the likes of Matt Milano, Dion Dawkins or Micah Hyde to make room.
Greg Tompsett of Cover 1 floated out the idea of Bills defensive tackle Ed Oliver for Jeudy, straight up?
Jeudy's market value according to Spotrac is $20 million, which sounds about right. Oliver is entering the last year of his rookie contract in 2023 and will need a new contract by the new league year in 2024.
Spotrac has Oliver's market value as $10.4 million. The repurposing the assets part of the trade makes sense for the Bills and Broncos.
Oliver was not a factor in the Bills playoff run in January and has not shown he's for sure, he's worth a major contract extension/
Again, this is all hypothetical but when you really dig deep, it makes sense for the Bills.