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Buffalo Bills Links, 2/27: State of the wide receivers

Does it make sense for Buffalo to create $8 million in cap space by cutting John Brown?

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In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we turn our attention to the Bills’ wide receiver room, starting with a speedy veteran whose name has been mentioned as a potential cut candidate to save salary cap space: John Brown.

We break down the state of the wide receivers, led by All-Pro Stefon Diggs, talented slot man Cole Beasley, Brown, and rookie Gabriel Davis. We review the game film to see how Brown performed during his second season with the Bills, examine how Buffalo could free up some much-needed cap space by releasing Brown, and dissect whether the Bills have enough current wide receiver talent to move on from Brown this offseason.

We also address the reports that Buffalo is among the favorites to land edge rusher J.J. Watt, discuss ways for the Bills to bolster their tight ends, through both free agency and the NFL Draft, learn more about the offensive lineman being mocked to the Bills in the latest round of mock drafts, debate what the team should do about its backup quarterback opening, hear how the team is honoring Black History Month, and more!


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J.J. Watt reportedly has an offer for $15 million per season, per report - Buffalo Rumblings
Could this be reaching a conclusion?

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More on Buffalo’s wide receivers

Bills offseason questions: Do Bills need John Brown’s speed on receiving corps? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“The Buffalo Bills have a speed situation to sort out at wide receiver this offseason,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Game Theory: Cynthia Frelund shares her WR corps rankings with Steve Smith Sr. - BuffaloBills.com
“See where the Bills land as NFL Network’s Cynthia Frelund ranks her top NFL wide receiver corps rankings with Steve Smith Sr.”

Bills among favorites to land DE J.J. Watt

Bills reportedly among leaders to land Watt in free agency - WGR 550
According to NFL insider John Clayton, three teams are leading the way to land veteran pass rusher J.J. Watt, but they are by no means the “final three” teams in contention.

Reports: J.J. Watt mulling several others, Bills still believed to be in the running | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“If the Bills are still in on Watt and his price tag ends up being what ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported, GM Brandon Beane will face an even bigger salary cap crunch,” writes Jay Skurski.

How the Bills can get better at tight end

Can Bills finally improve their lacking tight end situation this offseason? – The Athletic
“Knox’s year is just the latest example of the Bills’ longstanding problem with finding a franchise tight end,” writes Joe Buscaglia. (Subscription required)

NFL free agency TE rankings: Hunter Henry, Rob Gronkowski headline shallow group – The Athletic
There might not be an obvious all-around star tight end in this free-agent crop, but there are at least five who can stretch defenses. (Subscription required)

Top 10 tight ends for NFL Draft: There's Kyle Pitts and then everyone else – The Athletic
“After Pitts, there are four prospects who should be drafted on Day 2 followed by another handful of talented tight ends (and one fullback) who will be targets in the mid-to-late rounds,” writes Dane Brugler. (Subscription required)

Buffalo addresses offensive line in latest mock draft

Mel Kiper’s latest mock draft has Bills selecting Oklahoma State offensive tackle | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“This pick could depend on whether free-agent right tackle Daryl Williams returns and whether the Bills think former second-round pick Cody Ford could kick out to tackle,” Kiper says.

Bills mock draft: Liam Eichenberg could help their offensive line right away – The Athletic
The offensive line around Josh Allen needs to be a priority, but a hybrid defensive player could be a huge help, too. (Subscription required).

NFL mock draft 2021: Bills take Oklahoma St. offensive tackle in latest from Mel Kiper Jr. - newyorkupstate.com
Buffalo will have to replace Daryl Williams if he leaves in free agency.

Who should backup Josh Allen in 2021?

Bills offseason questions: Matt Barkley, Jake Fromm or someone else as No. 2 quarterback? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“This is the fourth in a series on key offseason questions facing the Bills. This installment looks at the team's options for backup quarterback behind Josh Allen,” writes Jay Skurski.

Bills Honor Black History Month

Honoring Black History Month - BuffaloBills.com
“Buffalo Bills Legends Charles Romes, James “Shack” Harris, Robert James, Frank Lewis, Drayton Florence, and current defensive end Darryl Johnson talk about their college experience, transitioning to the NFL and playing for the Buffalo Bills, the meaning of Black History month to them, and the work that is still to be done.”

Odds and Ends

Former linebacker David White elected NFL Players Association Buffalo chapter president | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“White, who played for the Bills from 1995 to 1997, will serve a two-year term,” writes Mark Gaughan.

Erik Brady: Longtime admirer followed Marty Schottenheimer to the letter | Buffalo Bills News | NFL | buffalonews.com
“Jim Schofield and Marty Schottenheimer never met, but they shared something special – a uniform. Not just a number, but the actual jersey,” writes Erik Brady.

Bills Support Buffalo’s Youth with a Book Donation - BuffaloBills.com
The books were purchased from Burning Books, a locally-owned store.