Buffalo Bills top 2023 offseason positions of need: Defensive Line
General manager Brandon Beane has invested significant money and draft capital on the defensive line since 2017. Despite consistent efforts to develop and improve, the defensive line unit has been substantially poor in the run game and mediocre as pass rushers.
With injuries riddling the team throughout the season, the lack of depth in the trenches was evident. Expect Beane to target a heavy, run stopping nose tackle in the draft, a piece that has been absent since Marcell Dareus’ departure in 2017.
In an ideal world, Brandon Beane is able to resign Shaq Lawson and Jordan Phillips to discounted deals with a term of 1-2 years. The two lineman offer veteran depth that will likely be hard to come by for the right price this off-season. Both players returned to Buffalo in 2022 on 1 year “rental” deals and have openly expressed love for the city and organization.
With Von Miller expected to miss some time early in the season, anticipate some cheap veterans to enter the rotation with Rousseau, Basham and Epenesa at defensive end. Potentially a trade for former Bill and current Houston Texan Jerry Hughes is something to consider, however Hughes, age 34 is set to earn $6.25M in 2023 with one year left on his contract.