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3 Pass Rushers the Bills Should Target With JJ Watt Off the Market

Jason Schandl
Buffalo Bills free agent targets now that JJ Watt is off the market.
Buffalo Bills free agent targets now that JJ Watt is off the market. / Adam Glanzman/Getty Images
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JJ Watt surprised the NFL world by signing with the Arizona Cardinals on Monday — not one of the likely destinations that had been rumored all offseason.

One of those rumored destinations was the Buffalo Bills, and now the Bills will have to look elsewhere if they want to shore up their pass rush.

Here are three players they need to target now that Watt is off the market.

1. Dalvin Tomlinson

Dalvin Tomlinson
Bills free agent targets should include Dalvin Tomlinson. / Mike Stobe/Getty Images

A threat to rush from the interior, the 318-point Dalvin Tomlinson is much better at pressuring quarterbacks than his 8.0 career sacks would indicate. He has racked up 19 quarterback hits over the last two seasons, and the nose tackle received a 74.6 pass-rush grade from Pro Football Focus in 2020. He's not going to command the kind of contract that an edge rusher will, and he would be a big upgrade to the underwhelming interior of the Bills' defensive line.

2. Ryan Kerrigan

Ryan Kerrigan
Bills free agent targets should include Ryan Kerrigan. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Low cost-options are the theme here, as Buffalo can't afford to break the bank for someone like Shaq Barrett. At 33 years old, Ryan Kerrigan should have plenty left in the tank, and he is on his way out of Washington. The four-time Pro Bowler has 11.0 sacks over the last two seasons, which has coincided with a significant drop in playing time on a Washington defense that has an embarrassment of riches on the defensive front. Kerrigan had double-digit sacks in each of the previous three seasons, though, and he would have no trouble getting all the playing time he can handle in Buffalo.

3. Everson Griffen

Everson Griffen
The Bills should target Everson Griffen in free agency. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

Everson Griffen bounced between two underwhelming teams in 2020, tallying a combined 6.0 sacks and 14 quarterback hits with the Dallas Cowboys and Detroit Lions. His overall grade from PFF (63.2) leaves something to be desired, but he still had a strong 73.6 pass rush grade. As a rotational player who isn't on the field for rushing downs, Griffen could offer a nice boost to the Buffalo D.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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