The Buffalo Bills have upgraded their pass rush through free agency with the addition of Von Miller. They haven't touched on a weakened secondary, though. The departure of veteran cornerback Levi Wallace leaves Buffalo shallow at a crucial defensive position.
There is still no shortage of talent available on the open market, which leaves the door open for the Bills to make a move. But they'll have to be smart given their lack of cap space. With that in mind, here are three of the best remaining cornerbacks the Bills need to sign in free agency.
Buffalo Bills Free Agency
1. Joe Haden
Adding a veteran to the mix seems likely given the Bills don't have the cap room to offer anyone a substantial multi-year deal. One of the more consistent options out there is Joe Haden. The three-time Pro Bowler may have had a down year in 2021, but he certainly still has some gas left in the tank. Haden has posted double-digit pass breakups in three of the last four seasons and has 29 career interceptions across 158 games played. The 32-year-old was also only beat for 3 touchdowns last season. Buffalo needs someone capable of being a reliable No. 2 alongside Tre'Davious White and Haden fits the bill.
2. Steven Nelson
It's safe to say Steven Nelson still has a few years left at the top of his game. The former Oregon State standout has started at least 15 games in each of the last four seasons, racking up a total of 39 pass breakups and 8 interceptions during that span. While Nelson has a tendency to get beat deep at times, he would surely benefit from having safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde watching his back. Nelson would be a great short-term addition to this defense.
3. Xavier Rhodes
Another veteran that should gain the attention of Buffalo's front office is Xavier Rhodes. Rhodes stepped up for the Indianapolis Colts over the last two seasons and started 19 games during that span. He posted 19 pass breakups to go along with 3 interceptions as well. The nine-year pro is just three seasons removed from a Pro Bowl bid and has proven he can take opposing receivers completely out of the offense on his best days. Rhodes signed a one-year deal last offseason worth under $5 million. A similar offer should entice the Bills to bring in the 31-year-old ballhawk.