What do you give an offense that had it all? Veteran players who can step in and keep the ship running. The Buffalo Bills don’t have many holes to fill on the offensive side of the ball, where their only key departures are along an offensive line that already has a solid amount of depth.
For as long as the Bills have Josh Allen at quarterback and Brian Daboll calling the shots, they will remain a dangerous unit. But with their limited cap space, I grabbed a starter for their offensive line and added depth to the skill positions to ensure they can endure injury for another deep playoff run.
Rick Wagner, OT, Green Bay Packers
The Bills’ offensive line was slapped together with aplomb over the last few seasons, with right tackle Daryl Williams representing a key final addition last season. Now, Williams is entering free agency, along with depth players in Ty Nsekhe, Brain Winters, and Jon Feliciano.
The Bills will return some of those interior players, but not all. They need a starting-caliber player who’s capable at tackle, so Rick Wagner is a quality option. A starter for a contender in the Packers this past season, Wagner can take over the starting tackle job and leave Cody Ford as an interior player, or backup the right tackle spot while contending for a starting guard gig. Wagner still gets to play on a championship-caliber roster to boot.
Duke Johnson, RB, Houston Texans
How exactly the Bills want to dedicate resources to their running back room is difficult to riddle out. They’ve spent consecutive third-round picks on the position with Devin Singletary and Zack Moss. Neither is a clear, starting-caliber back—Moss dealt with injury and Singletary has been just average through two seasons—though there is potential there.
We do know that the Bills want to throw the ball a lot, so their backs need to have value in that regard. Singletary has seen 94 targets through two seasons without much excitement, while Johnson has been one of the more dangerous receiving backs in the NFL over the course of his career.
Johnson can now become the primary passing-down back (which, for the Bills, might just mean the primary back altogether) while Moss and Singletary battle it out for the job of handling carries.
Kalif Raymond, WR, Tennessee Titans
The Bills had one of the best special teams units with especially strong return games off of both kickoffs and punts. Their return men, Andre Roberts and Isaiah McKenzie, are both rising free agents as well as depth to the Bills’ talented wide receiver room.
If the Bills want to bring in new blood to plug both of those holes, Kalif Raymond is an ideal player. Raymond offers an insurance policy to John Brown as a talented field stretcher with his role in Tennessee as the play-action shot specialist. He was also the Titans’ primary return man, and a successful one too.
The Bills’ primary receiving corps will remain Stefon Diggs, Brown, and Cole Beasley entering next season. But with Brown on a contract year, the combined talents of Raymond and last year’s Day 3 pick in Gabriel Davis give the Bills a couple of quality internal options to replace Brown after his deal expires in 2022.
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