The Buffalo Bills sent shockwaves through the NFL when they dealt Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday night, but they may not be done wheeling and dealing quite yet. The Bills and the rest of the league have a deadline of Tuesday, October 31 to complete any more trades this season.
In his first season on the job, general manager Brandon Beane has largely shown a propensity to clean house and ship away players who don’t appear to line up with “the process” of head coach Sean McDermott, but with the Bills in the thick of the playoff hunt, Beane could be interested in adding a player to shore up the roster.
Dareus largely dominated the trade rumors surrounding the Bills, but there’s also been talk of another big-name player possibly being moved as well. And of course like every team, the Bills have holes at certain positions - some which are way more glaring than others (*cough* wide receiver *cough*).
With those things in mind, here's the outlook for the Bills as it pertains to the quickly approaching trade deadline.
Big name that could be on the move
LT Cordy Glenn
The Bills offensive line collectively hasn’t played very well this season, but the unit has depth with an unusually high number of five offensive tackles on its active roster, making the position a good one to package in a deal.
While on the surface it might seem foolish to ship away Glenn, who has generally played very well for the Bills over his tenure, it would be even more foolish to not deal him if a team were to come with a big-time offer. The Seahawks, who have notoriously had issues with their line for several years now, previously contacted the Bills about Glenn, while the Philadelphia Eagles could really use his services as well with Jason Peters done for the season. The Redskins might even make sense, too.
Positions to fill
Jordan Matthews is back and the Bills seemingly have found a serviceable player in Deonte Thompson, but make no mistake, Buffalo’s group is still certainly among the worst in the league.
Tight end Charles Clay, the team’s leading receiver, isn’t expected back anytime soon. The Bills also don’t have the luxury of relying on a strong running game this season like years past, which makes it imperative that they get better passing-wise.
The Redskins’ Terrelle Pryor, who has seen his role in Washington diminished recently, makes sense for the Bills, as does deep threat, John Brown of the Cardinals, who continues to be brought up by notable pundits.
The Bills have received good play out of Tre’Davious White and E.J. Gaines this season, but the drop off after these two is a pretty significant one. Gaines, in particular, has seemingly been hurt all season, sustaining an injury in all of the Bills’ games this season. He wasn’t in the line up when the Bills beat the Raiders on Sunday.
A solid, experienced veteran to provide some depth at the position would be ideal for a secondary that is pretty young overall.
LeSean McCoy is still indisputably the best option for the Bills despite a mostly-down performance through eight games, but he could use some real help behind him. Mike Tolbert has served as the No. 2 RB this season, but he’s more of a fullback than a true running back. Adding another natural running back could bolster a Bills’ running attack that hasn’t fared nearly as well as what Bills fans have grown accustom to seeing over the last couple of years.