While the legal tampering period for free agency is still a few days away, there are already reports of one player that could be on the Buffalo Bills‘ radar. According to Jim Ayello of The Indianapolis Star, the Bills are among five teams that are expected to show interest in the defensive lineman.
The defensive line is a position that the Buffalo Bills are expected to address this offseason. This past season, the defensive struggled at times both getting pressure on quarterbacks and against the run. The return of defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, who sat out last season due to concerns over the pandemic, is expected to help against the run.
However, they still need to add more players who can get penetration and get after the quarterback. This is why it isn’t surprising to see them linked to Denico Autry.
Autry was an undrafted free agent signing by the Oakland Raiders in 2014 and spent his first four seasons with the Raiders. During that time with the Raiders, he was a rotational player who started 18 games and finished with 100 total tackles, 10.5 sacks, and 21 QB hits.
He has recently been a member of the Indianapolis Colts and has played there the last three seasons. During that time, he has primarily been a starter for the Colts and has started 38 games. He finished with 20 sacks and 32 QB hits during that stretch.
While Autry is listed as a defensive tackle, he could line up at defensive end as well. He could potentially fill the role that Quinton Jefferson, who was recently released, played last year.
While the Buffalo Bills would like to add some bigger name players on the free agent market, they may be forced to look at players like Denico Autry who would be more of a bargain and potentially a better signing.