Is Matt Cassel the Buffalo Bills’ Answer at Quarterback for 2015?

March 4th, 2015
The Buffalo Bills added a much-needed veteran quarterback Wednesday by trading for Matt Cassel. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn — USA Today Sports)

The Buffalo Bills added a much-needed veteran quarterback Wednesday by trading for Matt Cassel. (Photo: Bruce Kluckhohn — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

After months of speculation and debate over which veteran free-agent quarterback was the best option for the Buffalo Bills to bring in to compete for their starting job, the Bills went in another direction Wednesday by making a trade to acquire Minnesota Vikings backup quarterback Matt Cassel.

According to Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez, the Bills traded the first of their two fifth-round picks—meaning the pick they acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for their 2014 fifth-round pick—and a 2016 seventh-round pick to the Minnesota Vikings for Cassel and the Vikings’ sixth-round pick. (Update: Tim Graham of The Buffalo News, whose reporting on the Bills is consistently accurate, reported that the Bills swapped sixth-round picks, rather than giving up a fifth-round pick, but clarified there might be conditions involved—it’s quite possible the Bills are giving up a sixth-round pick that could become a fifth-round pick if Cassel plays a specified number of games.)

Although the trade leaves the Bills with just three picks in the draft’s first five rounds, the compensation given up is largely inconsequential, considering they also received a Day 3 pick in return.

The question of greater concern is whether acquiring Cassel will provide the Bills the fix they need at the quarterback position to make a playoff run.

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Reports: Buffalo Bills Trading Kiko Alonso for LeSean McCoy in Blockbuster Deal with Philadelphia Eagles

March 3rd, 2015
LeSean McCoy is set to be the Buffalo Bills' new running back. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

LeSean McCoy is set to be the Buffalo Bills’ new running back. (Photo: Matthew Emmons — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

The first blockbuster deal of the NFL offseason just went down, and the Buffalo Bills are involved. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bills have agreed to trade inside linebacker Kiko Alonso, a rookie sensation for the team in 2013, to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for running back LeSean McCoy, a two-time first-team All-Pro.

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No Franchise Tag from Buffalo Bills Makes Jerry Hughes a Free Agent

March 2nd, 2015
If the Buffalo Bills do not sign Jerry Hughes to a contract extension by March 10, he will become an unrestricted free agent. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills do not sign Jerry Hughes to a contract extension by March 10, he will become an unrestricted free agent. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

While five NFL teams used the franchise tag and one used the transition tag Monday, the Buffalo Bills decided to use neither, meaning that all of their impending free agents—including defensive end Jerry Hughes, safety Da’Norris Searcy and running back C.J. Spiller—will hit the open market on March 10 unless they are signed to contract extensions before then.

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Buffalo Bills Free Agent Targets: Torrey Smith

March 1st, 2015
If the Buffalo Bills look to add a wide receiver in free agency, Torrey Smith could be a target. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

If the Buffalo Bills look to add a wide receiver in free agency, Torrey Smith could be a target. (Photo: Evan Habeeb — USA Today Sports)

BBD Contributor: Paul Banach

This article is a part of a series on potential free-agent targets for the Buffalo Bills this offseason.

With all of the talent in the 2015 NFL free agent class, the wide receiver position provides numerous options for a team looking to add depth and improve its offense. Pending Baltimore Ravens free agent Torrey Smith is one of those players.

Because the position is top-heavy, as the likes of Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Randall Cobb could all potentially hit the market (although Bryant and Thomas are both expected to receive franchise tags), receivers such as Smith, Kenny Britt and Michael Crabtree are flying under the radar.

Ever since his rookie campaign in 2011, Smith has produced for the Ravens. In his first four seasons, he has played in all 64 of their regular-season games and accumulated 30 receiving touchdowns.

Coming off his rookie contract having put up good statistics, Torrey Smith is in line for a pay raise this offseason. Regardless, the Buffalo Bills are in a position to spend and signing a productive player like Smith would add another speedy weapon to their offense.

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Josh McCown Signs with Browns; Should Bills Target Brian Hoyer?

February 27th, 2015
Despite discussions with the Bills, Josh McCown decided to sign with the Cleveland Browns. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

Despite discussions with the Bills, Josh McCown decided to sign with the Cleveland Browns. (Photo: Tim Fuller — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

Although he visited the Buffalo Bills earlier this month, and was reportedly in contract talks with the team as recently as yesterday, veteran quarterback Josh McCown ended up signing with the Cleveland Browns on Friday night.

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