by Mario Granata
Now, many people are talking about the comments made by Brandon Beane about how the Bills are better than the 9th overall pick, and all signs point to them trading out of the 9th pick if their player isn’t there. Although they don’t have a “glaring hole” to fill, the Bills would be wise to use their connections from the 2018 NFL Draft to make a move UP instead of down.
This would echo is statement of them "being aggressive".
With the air of uncertainty growing just days before the 2019 NFL Draft, with the speculation of Kyler Murray going #1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals, if that scenario should play out, chaos will ensue in the picks to follow.
Last season, the Buffalo Bills traded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and grabbed Josh Allen, who for the time being looks to be the franchise quarterback that the Bills have been looking for. Tampa Bay holds the 5th overall pick, and the Bills hold the 9th and due to the financial situation that the Bucs are in, it would be wise for them to trade with the Bills.
The Buccaneers are currently 1.7m under the cap and their 2019 Draft Class is projected to cost 9.7m. Now, they don’t have to have all the numbers done until the start of the season, but here is a trade that could benefit both teams:
9th and 40th Overall Picks (Bills 1st and 2nd Round Picks)
5th Overall Pick and DT Gerald McCoy
Here are the numbers circling the trade scenario:
Currently the 5th overall pick holds a 5.3m first year cap hit.
The 9th overall pick holds a 3.5m cap hit.
The 40th overall pick holds a 1.3m cap hit.
The Bucs hold the 39th overall pick, this would give them back to back picks in the 2nd round.
Gerald McCoy currently has a 13m cap hit, and is free for the Bucs to trade him (meaning he doesn’t garner any Dead Cap for the Bucs)
The Bills are currently 31m under the cap and can renegotiate McCoy once he comes to Buffalo.
This frees up 13.8m for the Bucs to finish drafting their rookie class.
If Kyler Murray is taken 1st overall, which pushes Josh Allen (of Kentucky) closer to the Bills, and with the uncertainty of Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson being in a Bills uniform in 2020, Allen could be a perfect fit for Sean McDermott and Leslie Frazier’s defense.
As a side note, trading with the Bucs for a second straight year and drafting “Josh Allen” is a story that you can’t write…