Buffalo Bills: A potential trade target to bolster the defensive line

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The Buffalo Bills could look to make a trade to add a Pro Bowler to the defensive line before the NFL Draft even gets underway.

The defensive line is a position group the Buffalo Bills will likely look to upgrade through the 2019 NFL Draft.

Though one potential upgrade could come via a trade.

Recent reports seem to indicate that Gerald McCoy could be on the move this offseason. His contract isn’t guaranteed so he could be moved without a cost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Joe Romano of FanSided decided to look at some potential destinations for McCoy, and included the Bills on his list.

Here is some of what Romano had to say about the match:

"Right now the Bills are projected to start Star Lotulelei and Harrison Phillips inside. McCoy is better than both and fits the mold of what McDermott wants in his defensive tackle better than both. His cap number would not impact Buffalo long term and they currently carry the fifth most space in the NFL."

McCoy is under contract through 2021 and has a cap hit of about $13 million in each season.

That would put him at the top of the Bills’ salary table for now, which could be risky given his age. However, it is a reasonable figure in general and with all the cap space still available, along with Josh Allen being on a rookie deal, such a contract wouldn’t make or break the Bills.

McCoy would also bring some veteran experience to the line and could be a captain right away. That would be a nice addition after the loss of Kyle Williams.

The Bills added Star Lotulelei on a big deal, in Bills standards, last year and didn’t get great results. Adding McCoy could be a risk given his age but a worthy one considering his past production and the fact the Bills just lost a leader in Williams.

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This of course depends on what the Bucs would want in return. If the only goal is to dump McCoy’s salary, it shouldn’t be too high of a cost.