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Players who could be on Buffalo Bills’ radar in third wave of free agency

Believe it or not, some capable players remain on the market.

Wide Receiver

Andre Holmes, Brian Quick, Marquess Wilson, Anquan Boldin, Michael Floyd, Vincent Jackson, Jordan Norwood, Kamar Aiken

This group is largely unchanged from Monday’s article. Since then, only Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter signed with other teams. Remember, too... Holmes is visiting with the Bills.

Tight End

Jacob Tamme, Levine Toilolo, Mychal Rivera, Chris Gragg

Cook is off to Oakland to add to the ridiculous arsenal of weapons Derek Carr has. Tamme blocked with Patrick DiMarco with the Falcons in 2016 but doesn’t offer much as a pass-catcher. Rivera saw his playing time diminish over the past two seasons with the Raiders yet does have over 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in his four-year career.


Perry Riley, Gerald Hodges, Kevin Minter, Zach Brown

The same linebacker contingent as Monday, minus Dont’a Hightower, who returned to the Patriots. Because there have been no rumblings of the Bills having any interest in free-agent inside linebackers, there’s a good chance Sean McDermott is happy with Preston Brown and Reggie Ragland at those spots for 2017. If the Bills add to this position, it’ll likely be in the draft.

Offensive Tackle

William Beatty, Ryan Clady, Breno Giacomini

It’s clear the Bills want to give Jordan Mills some competition at the right tackle spot. They hosted Andre Smith on the visit, but he signed with the Bengals, his first NFL team. Beatty and Clady are talented, yet suffered serious injuries in 2017 and have predominantly played left tackle.

Defensive End

Dwight Freeney, Elvis Dumervil, Trent Cole

Davis signed with the Bills right after he was a part of this group on Monday. He’ll bring some pass-rushing spark to Buffalo from every spot on the defensive line. At this point, the Bills aren’t likely to add another defensive end-type player.


Leon Hall, Alterraun Verner, Shareece Wright, Marcus Williams, Teddy Wiliams, Brandon Flowers, Nickell Robey-Coleman

Hall is the most accomplished member of this collection of cornerbacks, and actually had a strong season with the Giants at 32 years old. Verner has a history with Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, Flowers and Wright are two other respectable veterans, and Williams was with McDermott in Carolina.


Lardarius Webb, Bradley McDougald, Jairus Byrd, Daimion Stafford, Rafael Bush, Aaron Williams, Corey Graham

This is the best group left in free agency. Webb was very good at safety a year ago, McDougald isn’t even 27 yet and had 10 pass breakups, two interceptions, and 91 tackles in 2016. To me, Byrd is essentially a no-brainer at this point, as a savvy single-high safety who’d fit perfectly in McDermott’s Cover 3 base and could act as a mentor to a younger player at the position who Buffalo could pick in the draft.