After stripping their team down to the proverbial studs in 2018, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott spent last offseason slowly rebuilding the team in their preferred image with the drafting of quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds. That process has continued in the 2019 offseason, with many more additions to team being brought in, so let’s discuss our favorites
Signing free-agent center Mitch Morse
Bills fans were positively screaming for the team to acquire better interior offensive line talent, not just for Josh Allen’s sake but for LeSean McCoy’s as well. Thanks to the unexpected retirement of longtime starter Eric Wood, Buffalo’s offense featured a hardly inspiring combination of Russell Bodine and Ryan Groy at the position. With Morse, the team will again have a franchise player manning the pivot position, calling out protections and providing a steady presence for the young quarterback.
Signing free-agent wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley
If you’re an NFL team and your leading receivers are an undrafted free agent and a second-round receiver who hasn’t quite lived up to that pedigree, you know reinforcements are needed. One Bills Drive certainly knew this when they chose to bring in two veteran wide receivers in Brown and Beasley. Brown will play to Allen’s biggest strength: his deep ball. Beasley will give Allen a reliable option in the slot, something Brian Daboll’s offense absolutely requires. Both players will also push incumbents like Robert Foster and Zay Jones to up their game, lest they be left behind.
Drafting Ed Oliver at ninth overall
If you were to tell me last summer that the Bills were going to draft Ed Oliver with the ninth pick of the draft, I would’ve been astonished. It wasn’t long ago that Oliver was considered a sure-fire lock, top-three draft pick. Now that Buffalo has their hands on him, he can go about creating interior havoc for a team that’s really been missing that element in its defense. Fans should be more than excited to see him take the field when the games start in September.
Signing free-agent cornerbacks Kevin Johnson and E.J. Gaines
Buffalo was subject to a carousel at the cornerback position directly opposite of Tre White during the 2018 season. First Vontae Davis retired after a short stint with the team, then Phillip Gaines proved to be a poor replacement for him. Finally, the team landed on undrafted free agent Levi Wallace, who played admirably for the final handful of games. However, there is no guarantee that Wallace will be able to replicate that standard of play in 2019, so Bills brass went bargain shopping for a couple of injury-prone corners in Johnson and Gaines. Even if these two don’t pry the starting outside cornerback position away from Wallace, they will end up providing extremely talented depth should an injury befall any of the starters.
Which Buffalo Bills offseason move do you like the most?
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Signing Mitch Morse
Signing John Brown and Cole Beasley
Drafting Ed Oliver
Signing Kevin Johnson and EJ Gaines
Other (describe in the comments)