With the draft wrapped up now, the Buffalo Bills added two corners in the draft, Kaiir Elam and Christian Benford. However, is that enough to complete a depleted CB room? Should they look at a cheap veteran in free agency? With just about $7M in cap space (before draft pick contracts), the Bills should have enough to bring in a vet. Let’s take a look at their CB room as it stands.
- Tre White
- Taron Johnson
- Kaiir Elam
- Dane Jackson
- Cam Lewis
- Christian Benford
- Siran Neal
- Tim Harris
- Olaijah Griffin
- Nick McCloud
- Travon Fuller
The Bills could still use another option on the boundary, with Tre White recovering from his torn ACL and his status for the start of the season up in the air. With that, the Bills should definitely be looking at veteran options, either on the trade market or in free agency.
The Giants have talked about moving on from Bradberry for a while. With Joe Schoen in New York now, it could help sweeten talks between the Bills and Giants. (Or they could let Schoen cut him.) This year, Bradberry is making a base salary of $13M, so a contract restructure will be needed. However, this move isn’t completely out of the question, considering his talent and familiarity with McDermott’s defensive scheme (in Carolina). Last year, he had four INTs and 17 passes defended.
Haden can still play at a good level. He also has been recruited by none other than Von Miller (since he became a Bill). Haden, standing at 5’11”, isn’t the tall corner they’ve been looking for this off-season, but still brings a quality veteran presence to a team desperate for some help at the position. Last year, he allowed 340 yards and four TDs on 28 receptions, while totaling six passes defended.
Rhodes seemed to have found a career rebirth since arriving in Indianapolis. Now, after hitting the open market, Rhodes looks to join his third team, and should have some suitors once training camp comes around. Rhodes, 31, still has a good season or two left in him and could be a viable spot starter for the Bills. Last year, Rhodes allowed 413 yards and three TDs on 31 receptions, while also totaling six pass breakups.
The Bills could go for cheap depth too. Fuller had a couple streaky seasons, but could be good behind Tre (when healthy), Kaiir, and Taron. The 30 year old allowed 474 yards and four TDs last year.
The post draft free agency wave is starting quickly, and the Buffalo Bills may be left with scraps if they wait too long.