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The Bills Should Trade This Player While They Still Can

Zach Brunner
The Bills should trade tight end Tyler Kroft while they still can.
The Bills should trade tight end Tyler Kroft while they still can. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images
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The Buffalo Bills have been gradually improving and building a roster capable of competing in the AFC East. Last season showed they were close, and this offseason's acquisitions show they are here. The front office has built a balanced team with contracts that reflect this, with newly-acquired Stefon Diggs by far being the highest paid on the roster.

With quarterback Josh Allen on his rookie contract and just two players having a salary this is over 5 percent of their cap, they team is in a great place where they aren't forced to make any moves, However, it could be wise for Buffalo to try to trade tight end Tyler Kroft, while they still can.

After showing signs of potential during his four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, the Bills signed Kroft during the 2019 free agency period in order to give Allen a receiving tight end. His first year in Buffalo did not go as expected, battling injuries and missing five games.

The Bills also drafted tight end Dawson Knox last season. Knox came into the draft as a high-potential player, and this potential was on full display, as he outplayed Kroft, who totaled just 71 yards and six receptions.

Kroft turns 28 this season and is set to be a free agent after this year. There seems to be little chance that Buffalo offers him much of a deal, which means he is likely to walk away. With Kroft unlikely to be on the team next season no matter what, the Bills should field some offers from tight end-needy teams.

Kroft could be a cheap option at tight end for a team, with teams looking to compete likely being the most interested in a deal. While Buffalo is not needing to clear cap space, it would make sense for them to get something for Kroft, since they would get nothing if he walks. Kroft plays a small enough role on this offense where they would not be hurt by trading him midseason.


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