Post-Draft Free Agent Buffalo Bills Targets
With the 2023 NFL Draft wrapped up, Brandon Beane mentioned he’d like to sign one or two veteran free agents this week. He’s already signed one, RB Latavius Murray, to a one year deal. So, who could the other one be? Let’s take a look at a few options for the Buffalo Bills.
OT Brandon Shell
The Bills met with Shell during the initial free agency period. So signing him isn’t totally out of play, even after the Bills brought back David Quessenberry. Buffalo is revamping their entire offensive line, and they’ve proven it with how many assets they’ve put towards the guard position. Without making any big moves at tackle, the Bills could still use another one going into camp. Shell is a seven-year starter in the league, with the New York Jets, Seattle Seahawks, and Miami Dolphins. He would likely compete with David Quessenberry for the backup RT spot to Spencer Brown.
DT Poona Ford
The Buffalo Bills showed interest in Poona Ford in the early stages of free agency. Now, on May 2nd, Ford is still available and the Bills still have a need at DT. At age 27, Ford is the perfect fit for the Bills, who didn’t draft a DT this past weekend. For the fans that were demanding a DT be taken early, they should love this potential signing. Ford totaled 35 tackles, three sacks, and seven QB hits last season.
DE Yannick Ngakoue
The Bills still need depth at the top half of their DE group. With Von Miller missing the start of the year, Buffalo shouldn’t want to have AJ Epenesa or Shaq Lawson starting on the opposite side of Greg Rousseau. Last season, Ngakoue totaled 29 tackles and 9.5 sacks. At 28 years old, Ngakoue still has a lot to offer a team, and could even be a key piece beyond this season.
WR Breshad Perriman
The Bills shouldn’t stop giving Josh Allen weapons. Even if that means you just stash Perriman on the practice squad for the season. Perriman, standing at 6’2”, has been a solid WR throughout his career, and saw his best seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In three years there, he totaled 922 yards and eight TDs on 56 receptions.
DT Linval Joseph
As I said before, the Bills need to beef up the front seven. The Bills have an obvious hole at the position, and they didn’t address it during the draft. Poona Ford or Linval Joseph are their best options at fixing that hole. Behind DaQuan Jones and Ed Oliver, the Bills just have Jordan Phillips and Tim Settle. The Bills need to bring in veterans as camp depth and/or to compete for a roster spot.
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