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The Bills Should Steal This Upcoming Free Agent Away From the Patriots

Max Staley
The Buffalo Bills should steal this key free agent from the New England Patriots.
The Buffalo Bills should steal this key free agent from the New England Patriots. / Billie Weiss/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills are one of the most complete teams in football, but this team does still have some needs. A good chunk of those come on the interior of the offensive line, where the Bills could really use an upgrade at guard.

Thankfully, a division-rival is in danger of losing a top-tier guard this offseason. And the Bills would be wise to steal Joe Thuney away from the New England Patriots in free agency.

Bills Free Agency

Buffalo's 2020 rushing attack was so inconsistent the team often chose to abandon it entirely. One way to fix that would be adding some help at guard. Jon Feliciano was the Bills' best player at the position last year, and he's an impending free agent. Outside of him, Cody Ford and Brian Winters just didn't get the job done, receiving sub-55.0 overall grades from ProFootballFocus in 2020.

Thuney would be an immediate upgrade. He's received an overall PFF grade of at least 73.5 in each of the last four seasons.

Financially, this move could prove to be a bit tricky. Buffalo is only operating with about $5 million in cap space this offseason. But the Bills can free up a ton of space by cutting a few veterans. Names like John Brown, Jerry Hughes, Quinton Jefferson and Vernon Butler come to mind.

If Buffalo moves on from all four, it'd free up a little under $30 million. That would give the organization enough room to land Thuney and make some other key moves.

That's not exactly unrealistic, either. NFL teams are expected to move on from a ton of veterans this offseason due to cap concerns brought on by the pandemic.

If Buffalo can find a way to make it happen, Thuney would be an excellent addition. And stealing him away from a division rival would make it even sweeter.

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