The Buffalo Bills have overcome a good amount of adversity this season to still be 5-1 heading into Week 8. They have had to deal with several injuries to their secondary, but when you are a good team that has depth across the board, you can overcome such things. The secondary has been hit especially hard. A trade with the Indianapolis Colts for Stephon Gilmore could be the missing piece.
The team is still waiting for cornerback Tre’Davius White to return from the ACL tear that he suffered last season. Safety Micah Hyde is on season-ending IR while Dane Jackson and Jordan Poyer, two more starters in the secondary, have dealt with injuries as well.
Despite that, the Bills have arguably the best defense in the NFL thus far this season. They are first in both points allowed and yardage allowed as they make it very difficult for opponents to move the ball down the field. It is an impressive feat given that they came into the season with Jackson, a former seventh-round pick and rookie Kaiir Elam holding down the starting spots.
With White’s return unknown now, the Bills could be in the market for some cornerback help. Given their Super Bowl aspirations, they should be all in ahead of the trade deadline when it comes to upgrading the roster should the opportunity present itself.
Could we see a reunion in Orchard Park? Stephon Gilmore of the Indianapolis Colts was suggested as a player that could be traded with the Bills being the landing spot. The Bills selected Gilmore in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, No. 10 overall.
He was hands down the best cornerback in the NFL at one point, even taking home the Defensive Player of the Year award for the 2019 season. While he may not be at that level any longer, Gilmore is still a top talent and is having a great season.
The South Carolina product would provide Buffalo with insurance at the cornerback position in case White cannot return to the field or isn’t as productive as he was before the injury. His experience would be welcomed as the Bills have four rookies at the cornerback position.
Given how aerial the league has become, you can never have too many top-flight cornerbacks on the roster. It would be a great story of Gilmore returning to the team that his career started with and helping them get over the hump as Super Bowl champions.