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Thursday Thought: The Bills Should Consider Trading for an Alpha Receiver

The Bills are off to a great start this season and are primed to make a playoff push. That shouldn’t stop them from trying to get better.



John Brown

The Buffalo Bills are 5-1 for the first time since 2008. The defense is elite, the offense is coming along, and the Bills are winning. With that being said, not all is perfect at One Bills Drive. Despite being an improved receiving core, which has been very effective throughout the beginning part of the season, they lack something that has not been on most people’s radar. There is a lack of depth in the Bills receiving core. That leads me to my Thursday Thought: The Bills Should Consider Trading for an Alpha Receiver.

This was first brought to my attention while I was watching Rico’s Post-Game Press on Youtube after the game. He brought up the topic of trading for a receiver and how if John Brown were to go down, who would step up? When you think about it, you can see what Rico is talking about.

There is no question that Brown is the Bills best receiver. He’s Josh Allen’s go-to-guy and is the Bills biggest threat in the passing game.  Yet if he were to get hurt or have to miss time, who would take his role? Cole Beasley? Duke Williams? Robert Foster? It certainly leaves you feeling uneasy when you think about it. The Bills need some quality depth at receiver and that could be addressed  through a trade. 

A.J. Green Highlights (Credit to Hail Mary Highlights)

The Bills are currently sitting in second place in the AFC, behind only the New England Patriots. With other teams falling apart due to injury or dysfunction, the AFC is wide open. If the Bills seriously believe that they can make a run this January, then now is the time to land a trade. 

Brandon Beane has always been someone who’s active on the trading block, as he demonstrated this year by trading Zay Jones to the Oakland Raiders. Considering that some of the top receivers in the NFL are on teams that are struggling this season, there are some serious options on the market. Some of these players includes, A.J. Green or even Julio Jones (albeit very unlikely). 

The time is now to make a move,  as the longer the Bills sit on their hands and wait, the more valuable players will be off the market. Already we’ve seen the Patriots give up a second-round pick for the Falcons’ Mohamed Sanu, and the San Francisco 49ers traded a third and a fourth-round pick to the Denver Broncos for Emmanuel Sanders

Rico’s Post Game Presser from last week

Teams that see a path to make a run in the postseason are making moves to solidify their chances now. I’m not saying that Beane should give into the pressure and make a boneheaded move just to land a receiver. If the market is too high, then don’t buy. However, you can never have too many quality receiving options. 

Let’s face it, the Bills are 5-1 which is an excellent start to the season. It’s hard to find really anything to complain about. However, what separates the great teams from the good ones is the desire to always improve. Let’s hope the Bills have that same desire.   

Mitch Broder is a contributor for The Buffalo Fanatics. To contact him, email him at or on Twitter @mitchell_broder