3 Bold Predictions for the Bills Offseason
While the Buffalo Bills enjoyed more success than most teams in 2021, a second straight loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the postseason has frustrated the fanbase. Now, the Bills turn to the offseason in search of what can help them get to the next level.
On one hand, Buffalo has nine picks ready and waiting for the 2022 NFL Draft. On the other, the Bills have minimal cap space, so general manager Brandon Beane might have to get creative over the coming months.
In the meantime, here are three bold predictions for the Bills' offseason.
Bills Bold Predictions
1. Bills Use Pick No. 25 to Replace Emmanuel Sanders
Veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is set to hit free agency, leaving the Bills searching for a potential replacement. Although Buffalo still has Stefon Diggs as the No. 1 option, Cole Beasley isn't getting younger and while Gabriel Davis was impressive in the playoffs, he needs to prove that he can be a consistent target. Fortunately, the Bills have the 25th overall pick at the 2022 NFL Draft and can use it to select a promising wideout. Ohio State's Chris Olave, Alabama's Jameson Williams and Penn State's Jahan Dotson are all prospects with high upside who could be available when Buffalo is on the clock. If the Bills can snag one of them, Sanders' absence will be felt a lot less.
2. Buffalo Restructure Cole Beasley's Contract
Even at the age of 32, Cole Beasley is one of the better slot receivers in the league and one of Buffalo's top red zone targets. Having said that, his productivity has dropped off in recent years, leaving fans feeling like he might not be worth the $7.6 million cap hit in 2022. While Buffalo could cut Beasley and save $6.1 million, there likely aren't better replacement options on the open market. Restructuring his contract seems like the smarter move. That way the Bills can keep one of Josh Allen's favorite weapons while lowering Beasley's cap hit in the process. With Buffalo being cash-strapped, this seems like the best move for both sides.
3. Bills Move on From Zack Moss as RB2
Expectations were somewhat high for running back Zack Moss when the Bills selected him in the third round of the 2020 NFL. Unfortunately, he regressed last season, finishing with just 345 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 96 carries over 13 games. Considering Allen even rushed for more yards (763) and RB1 Devin Singletary was decent in his own right (870), Moss may have lost his spot in Buffalo's backfield. The Bills will likely look to free agency or the 2022 NFL Draft for someone who's more explosive than Moss, leaving him on the outside looking in. Whether Buffalo trades him, cuts him, or buries him on the bench, a change in scenery might be best for the 24-year-old.
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