The Buffalo Bills went into the 2017 NFL Draft aiming to fill a few needs on their roster – but like all teams, they weren’t able to perfect their ballclub.
In came names like Tre’Davious White, Zay Jones, Dion Dawkins, Matt Milano, Nathan Peterman and Tanner Vallejo, and while all of those players should help to provide depth for the Bills, some needs still remain. Safety, defensive end, linebacker and tight end in particular are a few positions where Buffalo could potentially make additions to.
If new general manager Brandon Beane is inclined to scour what’s still available in free agency, there are still some names out there that could be had for cheap, including:
Jairus Byrd, FS
The former Bill signed with the New Orleans Saints in 2014 and promptly fell off of a cliff. Injuries and lackluster production led to a loss in playing time, and the Saints cut their losses this spring.
With his father, Gill Byrd, now the new defensive backs coach for the Bills, Byrd could bring some veteran savvy to the team’s secondary if signed to a one-year deal.
DeAndre Levy, OLB
Another veteran who has dealt with a myriad of ailments in recent years, Levy at one point was mentioned in the same breath as the rest of the game’s elite linebackers. His coverage skills in subpackages were what made Levy valuable to the Detroit Lions. Another one-year deal to mentor the team’s younger ‘backers shouldn’t be out of the question here either.
Elvis Dumervil, DE/OLB
Dumervil has made a living by providing speed off the edge and chasing quarterbacks. No longer an every-down edge rusher, Dumervil can step in and play about 15-20 snaps in nickel and dime packages and give the Bills some depth behind Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson.
Gary Barnidge, TE
The former Cleveland Brown was brought in for a free agent visit by the Bills earlier in May, and while the team does still employ Charles Clay, save for Nick O’Leary they don’t offer much potential in the passing game. Enter Barnidge, who still offers soft hands and decent blocking ability – important attributes for a tight end in new coordinator Rick Dennison’s offense.