The Buffalo Bills should trade Stephon Gilmore now while they can still get something in return for him.
The NFL trade deadline is November 1st at 4pm eastern time and the Buffalo Bills have a tough decision to make. They can’t pay cornerback Stephon Gilmore the money he wants if he continues to play the way he has this season. They need help in a number of other areas based on their injuries most notably at wide receiver.
The Bills should take a cue from their divisional rivals the New England Patriots who traded Jamie Collins, one of their best linebackers, to the Cleveland Browns because his contract is up at the end of the season and Collins wants too much money.
There is no better team in the league at trading players before their contracts expire when they know they aren’t going to pay them than the Patriots. It makes perfect sense in order to get some value back for a player who won’t be on your team next season.
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The Bills need to strongly consider this with Gilmore. Buffalo is beyond desperate for a wide receiver. Sammy Watkins may be out of his walking boot but he can’t come back for several weeks. Robert Woods played this week but it was clear he wasn’t 100 percent. Marquise Goodwin and Brandon Tate are both in concussion protocol at the moment leaving the team razor thin at wide receiver.
If Buffalo could get a decent wide receiver for Gilmore straight up in a trade, it seems like a no-brainer. Sure, their depth at cornerback is not as talented as Gilmore, but they have way more cornerback depth than they do wide receiver depth. Since Gilmore has not earned the money he wants next year the Bills may as well get something for him by trading him now.
Corey White or even rookie Kevon Seymour could step in at cornerback and do just as good of a job as Gilmore has done so far this season. Gilmore is the 82nd highest rated cornerback by Pro Football Focus so it’s not like they are trading Darrelle Revis in his prime.
Who knows who they could get but maybe the could snag a guy like Willie Snead on the New Orleans Saints who have let up the fourth most passing yards per game in the league and have plenty of young wide receiver depth.
Possibly the Cincinnati Bengals would cut a deal for Brandon LaFell considering they are in the bottom half of the league in passing yards allowed per game. It’s also been rumored the San Francisco 49ers are looking to trade Torrey Smith. While he is an upgrade for the Bills at wide receiver they should avoid him because his contract isn’t worth it.
Divisional trades almost never happen but maybe the Jets would give up Brandon Marshall because they are going to need a cornerback to replace Revis who can’t cut it as a lockdown corner anymore. All of this is just me speculating wildly on possible scenarios but I’d honestly take a Donte Moncrief from the Indianapolis Colts or anyone else who is an upgrade to the Bills wide receiver options at the moment.
Trades don’t happen as often in the NFL as other leagues, but if I am general manager Doug Whaley, I would spend every waking second between now and the trade deadline trying to move Stephon Gilmore for a wide receiver. The team could certainly use an upgrade at the position and you might as well get some value for Gilmore before you let him walk in the offseason.