While the majority of the NFL’s offseason free agency period has passed, not all the transactions are completely done. With plenty of talent remaining in the free agent pool, it is only a matter of time before these players receive calls to either tryout or replace a player that has gone down with a major injury.
With these talented players still on the market, now is the time for the Buffalo Bills to consider some extra options if only to cover all of their own bases. Taking a look at three players still languishing in free agency, we will gauge both the positives and negatives that they could bring by signing with the Buffalo Bills.
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Anquan Boldin — Wide Receiver
An area that the Buffalo Bills are short on talent wise is at wide receiver. While the team has Sammy Watkins, the second and third receiver spots are just a mess right now. Adding both veteran players and some rookies this offseason, the position still doesn’t have the talent needed to help make the offense a success in 2017.
Enter Anquan Boldin. Still wanting to play in the NFL this season, Boldin is someone that won’t be a longterm option but is someone that will be a solid go-to guy this season. Recording over 67 receptions in each of the last four seasons, Boldin’s age has yet to show through as he keeps up the solid play.
If Buffalo can convince Boldin that coming to town would be a good move for him, then the need as the second receiver position will be solved in the short term.
David Harris — Middle Linebacker
A tackling machine that spent every season of his career as a member of the New York Jets, David Harris was recently purged from the Jets roster with the team currently in a full rebuild mode. Now a free agent, Harris is definitely someone the Bills should consider signing, if only to provide depth and competition for Reggie Ragland at middle linebacker.
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With Ragland coming off a torn ACL that he suffered during OTA’s last year, Ragland will be a question mark for his entire “rookie” season. With Harris on the roster, the Bills will have a solid option to protect themselves and a veteran presence that can help lead both on the field and in the locker room.
While Harris may have better offers elsewhere, the Bills should at least send out some feelers to gauge his interest. After all, it’s not everyday that a player with his tackling record becomes a free agent.
Jairus Byrd — Safety
A former member of the Buffalo Bills from 2009 through 2013, Jairus Byrd is now a free agent after spending the last three seasons with the New Orleans Saints. With the Bills still needing a second new safety to compliment Micah Hyde in their starting lineup this season, could a return be on the cards for Byrd.
If it matters at all, Byrd is at least familiar with the organization and town. Moving back to Buffalo on a short term deal would allow him to acclimate faster than if he signed with a team he had never player for before. The other thing in play here is that this familiarity also matches a major need of the Buffalo Bills.
Overall, I don’t think the Bills could go wrong by signing Byrd to a short term contract. Getting a player on the roster that is familiar with the city and fills a need would be a big step forward at this stage of the offseason.