Guard play

With the emergence of G Ryan (Rick) Bates solidifying the offensive line just in time for the playoff run and the general lament of trading Wyatt Teller amongst Bills fans to Cleveland in mind. I wanted to get a clearer view on these trades to see if and how they have affected our team almost 3 years down the road here in 2022.

August 9th 2019

Bills receive: OL Ryan Bates UDF from Penn St.

Eagles receive: DE Eli Harold FA from Detroit Lions

Result: Bates has waited in the wings solidifying our OL depth for 3 years now and emerges as a steadying piece to seemingly complete the line in time for a SB push. Harold was released that same year and now is playing in the CFL with Toronto Argonauts.

August 29th 2019

Bills receive: 2020 5th Rd pick (155) and 2020 6th Rd pick (188) from Cleveland

Browns receive: G Wyatt Teller and 2021 7th Rd pick (236) from Buffalo

Result: Buffalo ended up shipping pick 155 as part of the Stefan Diggs trade from Minnesota. Pick 188 ended up as Tyler Bass. Wyatt Teller became an All Pro Guard recently becoming the 3rd highest paid at $56.8 mil (14.2 per year). Pick 236 was packaged to Detroit in a draft day trade in a swap of picks.

Summary: As good as Teller is I don't like putting that much capital towards one guard position. Obviously the Bills maxed out on returns. Sometimes you have to give in order to get and these are great trades in my view. Beane after dark strikes again.

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