Buffalo Bills should avoid trading with New York Giants for Kadarius Toney

Kadarius Toney, New York Giants (Syndication: The Record)
Kadarius Toney, New York Giants (Syndication: The Record) /

When Joe Schoen and Brian Daboll left the Buffalo Bills for the New York Giants to be their general manager and head coach, respectively, it seemed inevitable that the two franchises would pull off a trade at some point this offseason. A perfect example is how many trades and deals the Bills have worked out with the Carolina Panthers after Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane left Carolina for Buffalo.

It also made sense because the New York Giants had some players that potentially could be good fits on Buffalo and help the team. There have been rumors that the Giants may trade cornerback James Bradberry or running back Saquon Barkley, although the Giants owner confirmed they were not actively shopping Barkley.

One name that has surprisingly come up with just about a week until the NFL Draft is last year’s first round pick Kadarius Toney. According to Pat Leonard with New York Daily News, the Giants are making calls to see what return they may get for Toney.

Buffalo Bills should avoid the temptation of trading for Kadarius Toney

On the surface, Kadarius Toney is exactly what the Buffalo Bills are likely looking for at the wide receiver position. He is an electric wide receiver that doesn’t need much space to turn short passes into big plays.

Last year, Toney played in 10 games and had 39 receptions and 420 receiving yards which is rather impressive considering the offense he was playing in and who was throwing him passes.

However, there are plenty of concerns that should give the Bills’ front office some pause and seriously consider trading for him. The most notable is a lengthy injury history that dates back to his college days.

Last year, he missed seven games due to injuries and in 2017 and 2019 at the University of Florida missed a total of nine games.

The other concern is that for the second straight year, Toney is absent from offseason workouts. He did show up for the rookie minicamp, which Pat Leonard described as a ‘sideshow’ with him practicing barefoot and then not returning for any voluntary workouts.

Fast forward to this week and Brian Daboll did say that Toney was not at the pre-draft minicamp and he still hasn’t received his playbook yet.

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There are certainly plenty of reasons for the Buffalo Bills to consider trading for Kadarius Toney and it would make sense to hear them as a possible trade partner with the Giants. However, there are enough questions for general manager Brandon Beane to not consider the trade very long.