Buffalo Bills CB Tre’Davious White suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Thursday night’s victory over the New Orleans Saints. Tre was arguably the heart and soul of this defense, and a player that helped mold this secondary into what it is now. White was having another dominant season as well, allowing 33 receptions on 63 targets, 328 yards, zero TDs, and one INT. The Bills will have to look to adding some depth at an already thin CB room, and may have a hard time finding any talent this late in the year. Here are some FA options along with options in house.
McCloud, a UDFA in 2021, was signed by the Bills after the draft and spent the preseason here where he quickly became a fan favorite. Many thought he would crack the roster after having a eye popping three games. However, he was waived during final roster cuts and signed to the Cincinnati Bengals roster. He was active for two games, playing a total of 14 snaps before being waived and later signed back to the Bills practice squad. McCloud totaled 22 tackles, two TFLs, one INT, and eight passes defended in his final year of college.
Gaines, who was part of the Sammy Watkins trade to send him to the LA Rams, hasn’t played football since 2018. He previously had two stints with the Bills before being released this off-season. In his first stint with the team, he totaled one INT and nine passes defended. Gaines quickly became a very solid corner opposite of Tre White in 2017 and followed in Coach McDermott’s suit of ball hawking corners. You should expect him to catch up to speed very quickly with his familiarity with the defense.
Dunbar, 29, has received interest a couple times from Buffalo this season and should fit into this scheme fairly well. In 2019 with the Washington Football Team, Dunbar totaled four INTs, eight passes defensed, and 37 tackles. He also allowed 33 completions for 360 yards and two TDs. Dunbar should slide into a starting role nicely & will compliment Levi Wallace well.
Kirkpatrick, 32, is an aging vet who should still give the Bills some decent play. Last season, Kirkpatrick totaled three INTs, seven passes defensed, and one sack. Kirkpatrick could bring Buffalo a nice veteran presence to the young locker room, allowing some of the younger guys more time to develop.
Nickell Robey-Coleman, 29, is currently on the Detroit Lions practice squad, but can be signed at any time. Robey has some familiarity with the Bills, having spent three seasons with the team before going to the Rams in 2017. In his time with Buffalo, he totaled three INTs, 168 tackles, two forced fumbles, and 28 passes defended. Robey should have a big impact with his ball skills & take over the starting role pretty quickly.
Worley was just on the team last year, so he shouldn’t have an issue catching up to speed. In his short time in Buffalo, Worley played in 1 game coming in for an injured Levi Wallace. Worley should be here as a depth piece & shouldn’t be starting a lot of games. Daryl, 26, should still be playing competitive football if he’s called upon.
Current Bills CBs
- Levi Wallace
- Dane Jackson
- Cam Lewis
- Taron Johnson
- Siran Neal
- Olaijah Griffin (practice squad)
- Nick McCloud (practice squad)
It’s safe to say that this late in FA, you aren’t going to get somebody to fill White’s shoes, nor could you at any point of the season. Buffalo has some young corners rostered right now that should take a bigger role in the secondary (Cam Lewis & Dane Jackson).