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Buffalo Bills trade DE Darryl Johnson Jr. to Carolina Panthers

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

On Saturday, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane said the team was receiving phone calls on the availability of their defensive ends on the trade market. On Monday, the Bills traded Darryl Johnson to the Carolina Panthers for a 2022 sixth-round pick.

Johnson had been running in the second and third wave of defensive ends in the preseason. With the additions of three pass rushers in the NFL Draft over the last two years plus veterans Jerry Hughes, Mario Addison, and free-agent signing Efe Obada, he had an uphill climb to the roster. He had a very good preseason and camp, which allowed the Bills to trade him for an asset.

In addition to his time on the defense, Johnson was a vital member of the Bills’ special teams in his three seasons. It’s why I had him making the team’s 53-man roster as the seventh defensive end, an unheard of number.

The Bills still might have to move a defensive lineman on the trade market or release an NFL starting-caliber player.