The NFL trade deadline is set for 4 p.m. Tuesday. Sean McDermott has his Buffalo Bills playing great football and they are now clearly buyers at the deadline. Brandon Beane has already done a great job clearing cap space and acquiring future assets through some of his earlier trades.
Now it’s time for the front office to go out and acquire some help for this year’s playoff push. Beane has shown thus far that he is willing to be aggressive, but not at the expense of the future. With that being said, marquee names like Jimmy Graham and T.Y. Hilton seem like unlikely additions if it means parting ways with Cordy Glenn or an early round draft pick. Here are some names to watch for that should come at a cheaper cost.
Larry Fitzgerald (WR – Arizona)
Two things here. First of all, my gut tells me Larry Fitzgerald will want to finish his career in Arizona. Secondly, Arizona would obviously honor any request from Larry Fitzgerald, and I don’t know that Buffalo is the place he would want to go. He would be an incredible fit for this offense though. Not only would he have the most reliable set of hands in Buffalo, but he would also fit that leadership role that Anquan Boldin vacated. Tyrod Taylor has never had a weapon he could trust like Larry Fitz.
John Brown (WR – Arizona)
John Brown is a name that has been linked to Buffalo since the offseason, and it makes sense. Arizona is unlikely to contend for a playoff spot this season with Drew Stanton at the helm. Smokey is a talented receiver who has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career. He seems to be healthy now, however, and could provide Tyrod Taylor with the deep threat he sorely lacking right now.
Travis Benjamin (WR – San Diego)
There is a trend to these names. Travis Benjamin came into today averaging 17.1 yards per reception on the season. He can flat out fly. Despite his egregious mistake on special teams today, he is still one of the better returners in the league. San Diego has a crowded wide receiver room, with young talented players. Benjamin is expendable with Mike Williams now healthy.
Terrelle Pryor (WR – Washington)
Pryor has disappointed in Washington this year. He’s still an athletic weapon and should come at a relatively low cost for any team interested in buying on the former quarterback. The fact that he is on a one year deal makes this even more intriguing as the team can simply cut it’s losses next season if it doesn’t pan out.
Donte Moncrief (WR – Indianapolis)
Moncrief goes as Andrew Luck goes. Unfortunately for him and the Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck hasn’t gone anywhere yet this season. The team continues to say that they are not ruling out Luck for the season, but they continue to fall further out of playoff contention. The Colts need to invest in several areas on both sides of the ball, and they should look to do so through the draft. If Buffalo is willing to part with a mid round pick, they might be able to scoop the talented red zone weapon.
Carlos Hyde (RB – San Francisco)
Hyde’s name has come up in trade conversations for a couple of weeks now. The 49ers recently shut down any trade rumors regarding Hyde, but as the old saying goes, where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. Hyde could fill a lead back role should LeSean McCoy miss any time during the season. He’s also a talented guy who is still fairly young and can catch passes out of the backfield. Hyde might be one of the more costly acquisitions in this writeup, but he would be well worth the investment for a team without any true depth at running back.
Giovani Bernard (RB – Cincinnati)
As expected, Joe Mixon has taken over the Cincinnati backfield. Gio’s total touches have decreased in almost every single game this season. The Bills cannot afford to keep splitting Mike Tolbert out wide as a pass catcher on third downs. Bernard on the other hand is a great pass catcher and would be a nice complement to LeSean McCoy in the Buffalo backfield.
TJ Ward (Safety – Tampa Bay)
TJ Ward is a puzzling player to say the least. At times he’s been a great safety in this league, and yet he can’t seem to find the field for one of the worst secondaries in the league. Ward would become a rotational player and provide depth at the safety position. Most importantly, it would let Buffalo get more creative with Micah Hyde in the secondary.
What do you think Bills fans? Who would you like to see the Bills target? What would you be willing to sacrifice to acquire someone at the deadline? Let’s get the discussion rolling with some comments here.
Editor’s babble: Apologies to Joe Geniti for getting this out late. My bad. Thanks to Joe for his contributions to our blog. You can follow Joe on Twitter @JoeGeniti.