The Buffalo Bills' 2021 NFL season came to a screeching halt with a 42-36 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round. Now, the Bills must use their offseason to upgrade their roster in hopes of competing for a Super Bowl in 2023.
While Buffalo has nine picks at the 2022 NFL Draft to improve the time, that won't stop the Bills from trying to find some solutions via free agency. After all, there will be some free agents out there who can help take the team to the next level.
ESPN's Field Yates estimates that the Bills will have just over $2.3 million in cap space, but there are some cuts they can make to increase that number. Regardless, they'll need to be selective with who they target.
Here's a look at the three free agents that the Bills need to sign to make a Super Bowl run in 2023.
Bills Free Agent Targets
1. Allen Robinson, WR
There's no way that any team will be willing to give Allen Robinson anything close to the $17.8 million he made in 2021 after finishing the campaign with 38 receptions for 410 yards and a touchdown in 12 games. However, WR Cole Beasley is among the potential money-saving cuts in Buffalo this offseason. Emmanuel Sanders and Isaiah McKenzie will both be free agents, leaving Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis as Buffalo's remaining wideouts. Robinson could be had for less than initially perceived if he hits the open market after a down year. Playing for a contender like the Bills — even on a one-year deal — could turn Robinson's career around. He's only one season removed from a 1,250-yard performance, so it isn't like he's washed. If the Bills can get the Robinson of old back on the field, their chances of winning a Super Bowl could increase.
2. Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE
Defensive ends Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison are both set to hit free agency this offseason. Even if Buffalo only brings one of them back, they still should add some depth at the position. Al-Quadin Muhammad finally became a starter in his fifth NFL season, finishing with 48 tackles, 6.0 sacks and a forced fumble in 17 starts with the Indianapolis Colts in 2021. The 26-year-old has some decent potential and could bring some extra youth to Buffalo's defense. His NFL experience is limited, so the Bills should be able to get him on a team-friendly deal if things work out.
3. Brandon Bolden, RB
The Bills' running back room left a lot to be desired in 2021. Devin Singletary had his moments out of the backfield but was largely inconsistent throughout the season. The same thing goes for Matt Breida and Zack Moss. One way to add a spark to Buffalo's running back situation would be to bring in a dedicated pass-catcher like Brandon Bolden. The 32-year-old veteran finished the season with career highs in receptions (41) and receiving yards (405) while catching 83.7% of targets his way. He'll rarely dominate the came, but bringing him in will allow Singletary to focus on rushing the ball while Bolden handles aerial duties. Buffalo's run game was too predictable this season and bringing in the veteran rusher would be one way to address the situation.
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