The Buffalo Bills lost their starting guard to start the season due to a torn pec. Could they replace him for a player currently not on the roster?
The news on Friday wasn’t great for the Buffalo Bills as they found out Jon Feliciano tore his pec and required surgery. This will keep him out for two to three months and he probably wouldn’t be able to return until midway through the season.
The good news for the Bills is that they do have plenty of options and likely will give each a chance to earn the starting job. However, if they aren’t confident in any being able to handle the job, could they potentially consider a trade for a starting guard?
Earlier this offseason, there was reports that the Las Vegas Raiders were considering moving their starting right guard Gabe Jackson. As Michael Silver notes in his tweet, the asking price isn’t expected to be that high.
Jackson was a a third round pick by the Raiders in 2014 and has started 83 games over the past five seasons. However, he dealt with his fair share of injuries over that time and has missed 13 games, including eight the past two years.
The Raiders are likely considering to move Jackson because of his contract and create some cap space. He has three years left on five-year, $55 million contract and an average cap hit around $9.6 million each of the next three seasons, according to Spotrac.
This is certainly a sizable contract but if the Buffalo Bills elect to move on from Gabe Jackson after this year, there is no guaranteed money and would result in no dead cap space if he is cut.
While the loss of Jon Feliciano is a big one, the Buffalo Bills are fortunate to have options. If they aren’t confident in one of the players currently on the roster to step into the role, a trade for Gabe Jackson might make sense.