Another season, another January without Buffalo Bills football. Luckily, this means an extra month of focus on the offseason, and while this year’s class of free agents isn’t chock full of game changers, it does have some quality pieces. Here are five under the radar players the Bills could pursue.
1. Josh Bellamy, WR
It’s no secret that the Bills’ receiving corps can use all the help it can get. While the 29-year old hasn’t had a huge role in the offense of the Bears over the past four years, he could slide in behind Zay Jones, Robert Foster and Isaiah McKenzie as a short-term stopper.
2. Kevin Pamphile, OT
With Jordan Mills entering free agency and the Bills likely to move on, Pamphile could be a solution. The 28-year old has started 35 games over his career, and his 2018 season was cut short after just two games due to an injury. Because of this, the Titans may pass on a new contract, allowing the Bills to swoop in.
3. Margus Hunt, DL
Hunt is 31 and has 7.5 career sacks. So why sign him? Well, 5 of those sacks came in 2018. He’s also 6’8″ and has the potential to play both inside and outside on the line. The Estonian SMU product is a freak athlete who could give the Bills a couple good years in place of recently retired Kyle Williams.
4. Rashaan Melvin, CB
The Bills are in need of depth at the cornerback position. Tre’Davious White is a surefire stud, Levi Wallace, and Taron Johnson were strong as rookies, but one more solid piece never hurts. Melvin, who made 56 tackles and intercepted a pass in 2018 with the Raiders, could settle in as a nickel or dime back, and the 29-year old could provide a veteran presence to an otherwise youthful group.
5. Pat O’Donnell, P
Throughout 2018, the Bills punting situation was shaky at best. Corey Bojorquez was respectable before suffering a season-ending injury, Colton Schmidt (again) was nothing more than average and Matt Darr was awful. Of this year’s free agent punters, O’Donnell could be the best target. The 27-year old consistently averages mid-to-high 40s on his punts and pinned 28 of his 65 kicks inside the 20 in 2018. This signing would shore up a very under-appreciated part of the game.