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Could Bills trade LeSean McCoy next?

The Buffalo Bills know they are not going to contend for a championship in 2017, and even making the playoffs would be a pipe dream. With that considered, does it make sense for them to trade away their most valuable remaining offensive piece?

Evan Silva of Rotoworld said Friday that he expects Buffalo to listen to trade offers for both LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor, and he would not be surprised if the Bills initiate some of those calls themselves.

McCoy, who rushed for 21 yards on four carries and caught one pass for 11 yards in Thursday’s preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles, recently turned 29. He carries a cap hit of around $9 million for the next three seasons. If the Bills don’t think they are close to contending, it would make sense to get something in return for the star running back now.

Taylor restructured his contract with Buffalo earlier in the offseason, and many felt he could have gotten more guaranteed money if he hit the open market, which he could have done after Buffalo chose not to pick up his option. Instead, his agent said he chose to lower his cap hit to help the team. How have the Bills responded? By letting two of their receivers leave in free agency and trading their most talented wideout away.

If the Bills are going to make a trade, McCoy seems most likely to go. His recruitment of one former teammate earlier this offseason fell on deaf ears, and it would not be a surprise if he is unhappy in Buffalo.

Bills trade Sammy Watkins, acquire Jordan Matthews in separate deals

Sammy Watkins

The Buffalo Bills announced two major moves on Friday, both involving wide receivers and cornerbacks.

First the team announced that they have traded wide receiver Sammy Watkins and a sixth-round pick to the Los Angeles Rams for cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round pick.

After losing a wide receiver and adding a cornerback in the Watkins deal, the Bills did the opposite in another trade. They traded cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round pick.

The trades confirm the Bills’ disappointment with Watkins. A former No. 4 overall pick, Watkins has been bothered by multiple foot injuries during his career, though he has been productive when healthy. Matthews was a second-round pick by Philly in 2014 — the same draft class as Watkins. He has been on the field more frequently than Watkins, while also being productive (he has scored 19 touchdowns in 46 games).

The Bills found some stability when they added veteran receiver Anquan Boldin to the mix, and they probably feel Watkins is not worth the gamble if they can have Matthews and Boldin in the offense. Defensively they are giving up Darby for Gaines. Gaines has had injury troubles and is a question mark as he played 11 games last season.

The Bills’ secondary has no doubt gotten worse between the loss of Stephon Gilmore in free agency and Darby now, but at least they have picked up two draft picks for next season. You have to respect their recent maneuvering.

And the Rams, which lacked major offensive weapons, finally have one in Watkins, so long as he can stay on the field.

Jeremy Maclin reportedly choosing between Ravens, Bills

Jeremy Maclin Chiefs

Free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has reportedly narrowed his decision down to the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Maclin is expected to sign with either the Bills or Ravens as early as Monday.

Maclin was surprisingly released by the Kansas City Chiefs recently after just two seasons with the team. He caught 87 passes for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns in his first year in K.C., but he was limited to just 44 receptions, 536 yards and two scores in 12 games last season.

At least one other team is said to be interested in Maclin, but the Bills and Ravens make the most sense. Both teams have a need at wide receiver, and Baltimore in particular has always been a good landing spot for veteran pass-catchers.

Report: Jeremy Maclin meeting with Bills, Ravens

Jeremy Maclin Chiefs

Free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin has already visited with one prospective employer, and is set to check out a second.

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Maclin spent Tuesday and Wednesday visiting with the Buffalo Bills, though he left without signing. He is now set to travel to Baltimore for a Wednesday meeting with the Ravens. It is unclear if Maclin will take any further visits beyond those two.

Both destinations would make sense for Maclin, with both squads lacking depth at the receiver position. Baltimore would also give Maclin the opportunity to reunite with Marty Mornhinweg, who was his offensive coordinator with the Philadelphia Eagles.

At least one other team has looked into signing Maclin, but it stands to reason that Buffalo and Baltimore, as the teams who got his first two visits, interest him the most.

LeSean McCoy trying to recruit Jeremy Maclin to Bills

Jeremy Maclin Chiefs

If LeSean McCoy has his way, he’ll reunite with former Philadelphia Eagles teammate Jeremy Maclin on the Buffalo Bills.

McCoy admitted Sunday at his charity softball game that Maclin had reached out to him first after his release from the Kansas City Chiefs, and the running back expressed optimism that the two could join up in Buffalo.

“I know he could help us out tremendously,” McCoy said, via ESPN’s Mike Rodak. “I’ve been doing my recruiting already, and don’t be surprised if it happens.

“That would be cool to have another weapon on the offense. But you never know. A lot of things would have to work out for that to happen. You know how the business goes.”

Maclin’s release from Kansas City came as a surprise, even to his teammates. Buffalo has some cap space and top receiver Sammy Watkins has battled injury, so there could be a fit.

Bills GM: ‘Open competition’ at every position, including quarterback

Tyrod Taylor

The Buffalo Bills may have kept quarterback Tyrod Taylor on board, but that doesn’t guarantee him the starting job.

New Bills general manager Brandon Beane told WGR 550 on Monday that, while Taylor would be the starter right now, everyone has to earn their position through preseason work.

“If we walked out there today I would say Tyrod is probably the starter, but we haven’t even gone through OTAs,” Beane said, via Kevin Patra of “We got the young guy (fifth-round pick Nathan) Peterman, I thought he did some nice things this weekend at the minicamp. Cardale Jones has a huge arm and talent, I don’t know anything about him personally. T.J. Yates has done some starting in his career. So there are some guys on this roster.

“I’m for open competition. (Coach) Sean (McDermott) is. Earn the right, from whatever job you have, whatever position you’re trying to get. I’m not in the business of handing out positions on May the 15th. We’ve got a long way to go. It’s going to be fun. I’m excited about the challenge. That’s what I’m saying. I’ve got a lot of belief in Tyrod, but we’ve got other guys that are going to challenge for that as well.”

The Bills opted not to part ways with Taylor this offseason when they had the chance, but the rumor mill has indicated that it may not necessarily mean they see him as the long-term solution. They’re going to make him work for the starting job, though he will probably win it.

Bills have funny message for Panthers after hiring Brandon Beane as GM

The Buffalo Bills are well aware that their team is beginning to look like Carolina Panthers North.

After announcing the hiring of ex-Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane as their new general manager on Tuesday, the Bills tweeted this funny message to their NFC counterparts.

Of course, the Bills hired this former Panthers defensive coordinator as their head coach back in January. They also signed another trio of ex-Carolina players (fullback Mike Tolbert, cornerback Leonard Johnson, and wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown) in free agency this offseason.

The Bills are scheduled to visit the Panthers in Week 2 of the 2017 season, so it’s probably a good idea to get your Spider-Man Pointing At Spider-Man memes ready for that one.

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