The next off-season chapter of the NFL is about to begin: free agency.
On Monday, pending free agents can begin chatting with potential new clubs. Then on Wednesday, players can officially sign new contracts, but many times, those deals are reported in advance.
For the Buffalo Bills, the cornerback position is worth a look.
In terms of its own free agents, starter Levi Wallace is ready to hit the open market again. Wallace tested the waters last season and eventually returned to the Bills. Even if it happens again, Buffalo could stand to use a corner joint.
Not only is No. 1 cornerer Tre’Davius White returning from a serious knee injury, the Bills only had five corners on their active roster for most of last year. That number is low and Buffalo would like to add a few more bodies.
With that, here are six cornerbacks the Bills could target in free agency next week:
Fuller may be a slightly outside player in Buffalo’s price range. But there may be some compromise between him and the Bills.
One thing connecting these two sides: the time frame of the trade. There was reportedly interest in last year’s bills. If that were true, Buffalo could at least make the call.
In terms of depth last season, the Bills took a youthful approach. Before that, Buffalo had no problem starting with Tre’Davius White for the Giants.
A 10-year-old vet, Hayward’s field defense skills were pointed out by pro football focus, The type of coverage continues in the secondary under Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott. Hayward was also projected to sign a $6.5M one-year deal that could have worked the bill.
Rhodes had previously been a key member of the Minnesota Vikings… when the Bills were also wide receiver Stephen Diggs. There’s that connection, plus Rhodes has got two years under his belt in a zone defense with the Colts.
To Sports IllustratedRhodes called working in a field “very easy”.
King was a solid player on the poor Texans roster in 2021. He is also versatile. King played out most of last season, but started the year in slots for a few games.
Pro Football Focus’ Pre-draft analysis of him said King is “at his best” in zone coverage, adding that he can also play safety in a pinch. While the outdoors may be King’s top priority in Buffalo, Bills would prefer someone who can be carried around when needed.
NBC Sports Jackson noted that he “done” the zone plans, and the Bills should know this. Before being drafted in 2018, Buffalo had a pre-draft meeting with Jackson.
Not to mention, he went to LSU and was a former teammate of Tre’Davies White—who inspired the Bills to draft Jackson back in the day. Jackson’s pay day will be a big question this off-season. While Jackson has had 12 interceptions in four seasons (only five players, including White, had more), he also had injury issues.
Douglas is a competent zone corner who was said to be a “free-agent fit” for the bills. ESPN, He had a resurgence season with the Packers in 2021, but it remains to be seen whether teams trust him enough to give Douglas a big pay day.
spottrack thinks it might because it estimates Douglas could earn up to $9M per year on his next contract.