Buffalo Bills reportedly trade with the Indianapolis Colts for Nyheim Hines

Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (Syndication: The Indianapolis Star)
Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts (Syndication: The Indianapolis Star) /

In what has been one of the busier trade deadlines, the Buffalo Bills were uncharacteristically quiet. However, general manager Brandon Beane didn’t let the deadline pass without getting at least one deal done.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Buffalo Bills have acquired running back Nyheim Hines from the Indianapolis Colts. The Bills are sending Zack Moss and a sixth round pick that could become a fifth round pick to the Colts in return.

The running back position has seemingly been a point of focus for the Bills as they were reportedly interested in Christian McCaffrey earlier in the month and then over the weekend, Jay Glazer reported the team had called the New Orleans Saints about Alvin Kamara.

However, the Saints were not interested in moving their former Pro Bowl running back and a trade didn’t materialize.

Nyheim Hines improves the Buffalo Bills in a number of ways

It was clear the Buffalo Bills wanted a pass-catching running back and they get that with Nyheim Hines. He has 235 career receptions for 1,725 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in five seasons with the Colts.

Hines also has 300 rushing attempts for 1,205 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns but on offense, the focus will be to make him a compliment to Devin Singletary in the backfield and give Josh Allen a threat out of the backfield for the passing game.

However, Hines should also be a factor on special teams as a potential option as a punt returner. The Bills lost Jamison Crowder earlier this season due to an ankle injury and rookie Khalil Shakir has primarily been the punt returner.

Hines though is an experienced punt returner with 73 career punt returns and it now gives the Buffalo Bills some options at that spot.

The Buffalo Bills clearly had an idea of what the team needed and by adding Hines they have addressed that need for the remainder of the season.