BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - NFL free agency is less than a week away. Teams can begin negotiations with players on Monday and officially sign free agents beginning Wednesday at 4:00.
The Bills enter free agency with the third most cap space in the league at just under $80 million. GM Brandon Beane fixed the team’s cap situation so now it’s time to bust out the checkbook and spend some of that cash.
Here are 4 free agents I believe should be at the top of the list when the Bills go shopping next week:
Matt Paradis, C, 29 yrs old
The Bills need a significant upgrade at several spots along the offensive line and center would be a good place to begin. The team missed Eric Wood greatly last season when he unexpectedly retired. Centers are the conductor of the offensive line orchestra and Paradis would be a great band leader. The 29-year-old will have plenty of suitors which will drive his price up but he would give Josh Allen a more reliable battery mate. Paradis suffered fractured fibula last season but has been healthy and dependable for the majority of his career.
Daryl Williams, OT, 26 yrs old
If it weren’t for a knee injury at the beginning of last season Daryl Williams would likely break the free agency bank. Williams would be an instant upgrade at right tackle for the Bills. The 26-year-old is entering the prime of his career and was an All-Pro section in 2017 before missing last season. Of course there’s the Carolina Panthers tie with Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott so Bills management is familiar with Williams. Former Panthers GM Dave Gettleman and the Jets are also reportedly interested in the tackle. Williams team in 2019 could be decided at a poker table with Beane, McDermott, Gettleman, and Panthers management. We’ll see who is willing to go all in on Williams.
Tyrell Williams, WR, 27 yrs old
It took me a little longer to come around on this next Williams. The free agent wide out has seen his stats decline each of the past 3 seasons but he would still be an upgrade to Josh Allen’s current pass catchers. Tyrell would give Allen another deep threat. The 27-year-old has averaged over 15 yards per catch in each of the last 3 seasons. Williams had a decent 2018 campaign considering he was the Chargers number three receiver.
2016- 69 rec, 1059 yds, 7 tds, 15.3 yds/rec
2017- 43 rec, 728 yds, 4 tds, 16.9 yds/rec
2018- 41 rec, 653 yds, 5 tds, 15.9 yds/rec
Trey Flowers, DE, 25 yrs old
Several of the premier defensive ends received the franchise tag so you could argue Trey Flowers is the top DE left on the market. The 25-year-old is in the prime of his career and will get paid accordingly. He started 3 seasons in New England and is coming off his best year with 7.5 sacks. The Bills may not be willing to spend the amount of money it would cost to bring Flowers to Buffalo after such a large financial commitment to Trent Murphy last offseason. However, the idea of adding a high impact player while taking him away from the Patriots is always intriguing.
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