The Buffalo Bills have been busy since the 2023 NFL Draft. After not selecting a defensive lineman, the team got to work bringing in veterans to help bolster that unit for what they are hoping is a Super Bowl-contending season.
In early May, the team signed defensive tackle Poona Ford. Last weekend, they agreed to a big extension with defensive tackle Ed Oliver, who had been the subject of some trade rumors. Earlier this week, it was veteran pass rusher Leonard Floyd that was added to the mix.
The Bills did a good job of shoring things up along the front seven, which the team identified as an area of need coming into the offseason. With that now situated, attention can turn to elsewhere on the roster.
One position that has drawn a lot of attention is wide receiver. Buffalo was hoping to land another difference-maker at the position to slot in behind Stefon Diggs, but that has yet to come to fruition.
While all of the attention has been on making an upgrade, could the Bills actually look to remove someone from the depth chart? While admittedly unlikely, Matt Verderame of Sports Illustrated named Gabriel Davis as one player who could be on the move before the end of the offseason.
“Let’s be clear: It’s very unlikely the Bills move on from Davis this summer in the midst of a potential Super Bowl season. However, there’s a case for it.
Davis is entering the final year of his rookie deal. Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane knows his cap sheet moving forward is stuffed, including nine players next year who have cap hits of at least $10 million. Davis will command good money, making his inclusion going forward no small feat.
Lastly, if the Bills decide to go all-in on DeAndre Hopkins this season, Davis could be expendable for a quality draft pick, which means a cheaper contract down the road.”
Davis remains a boom-or-bust kind of player, as he caught 48 passes for 836 yards and seven touchdowns last season. His postseason performances had featured plenty of booms, but the Bills want a more consistent option behind Diggs and he has yet to show capable of providing that.
With Oliver locked into a long-term contract, the Bills could have found themselves some more money to spend on a player such as DeAndre Hopkins should they choose to. If a team is willing to offer a Day 2 pick in exchange for Davis, Buffalo would think long and hard about making a deal, especially since a ready-made replacement in Hopkins does exist.
Trading away key contributors as a contending team certainly is rare; the Bills are a team that is more likely to add than subtract. But, the front office always has an eye toward the future. If there is no feasible way to retain Davis long-term, cashing in and acquiring some assets and pivoting to a veteran such as Hopkins isn’t a bad move to make.