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NFL Trade Rumors: Buffalo Bills pursued Sanders, still seeking a wide receiver

Another report comes to light, but is it legitimate interest?

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Another day, another report that the Buffalo Bills are seeking to upgrade their wide receiver corps via a trade. Late Tuesday, word came down that the Bills were “on the hunt” for a receiver and today they are “kicking the tires” on wide receivers, according to The MMQB’s Albert Breer.

“Among those that have kicked the tires on adding at the position, with the caveat that these talks can simply be exploratory, have been the Saints, Bills, Eagles and Packers,” wrote Breer on Thursday, echoing ESPN reporter Dan Graziano’s tweets from Tuesday.

Breer mentioned that the Bills were in on Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who was traded to the San Francisco 49ers for a third-round pick and a mid-round pick swap.

He also went on to name some names currently thought to be on the market.

“Two names that have been floating around out there at the position won’t excite people like A.J. Green would—JetsRobby Anderson and Browns’ Rashard Higgins. The former, naturally, would come at a higher cost than the latter.”

Being in the division, it’s unlikely the Jets would trade Anderson to the Bills for a price Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane would be willing to pay. Similarly, with Buffalo still on Cleveland’s schedule, a trade for Higgins is probably not likely either. (Beane mentioned in a radio hit this week that is often something teams look at in trade talks.) Miami Dolphins wideout DeVante Parker would be in a similar boat.

Since Buffalo has already played the Bengals, a trade for A.J. Green could happen, but Beane won’t give up a premium pick without an assurance that Green would sign long term. After the game Sunday, Nelson Agholor of the Philadelphia Eagles and Taylor Gabriel of the Chicago Bears are two names that have been floated and who could be in play.