The offensive guard position is one that the Buffalo Bills should be looking to improve this offseason after the performance of Rodger Saffold and Ryan Bates last year. Saffold is a free agent and it would be surprising if he were to return meanwhile Bates may be better suited as a backup.
Unfortunately, it looks like the free agents at the position are quickly finding new teams on the first day of the legal tampering period. Ben Powers, who was a starting guard for the Baltimore Ravens, reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the Denver Broncos according to Mike Klis.
Meanwhile, Isaac Seumalo could be heading to the Chicago Bears alongside former Eagles’ teammate T.J. Edwards, according to Mike Garafolo.
The options after these two are pretty limited and there isn’t a clear upgrade over what the Buffalo Bills had last season.
Tampa Bay Bucs could look to trade Shaq Mason and the Buffalo Bills should be calling
The good news for the Buffalo Bills is they may have another option as it was reported by Jeremy Fowler that the Bucs were exploring trade options for Shaq Mason. This was Mason’s first season with the Bucs after the New England Patriots traded him for a fifth round pick last offseason.
Mason has started 115 games over seven seasons and is an excellent run blocker, which is something the Buffalo Bills desperately need on their offensive line. If the trade from last year was any indication it probably wouldn’t cost much for the Buffalo Bills in terms of draft compensation to get a deal done.
The biggest hurdle could be the cap hit, which is over $9.5 million this year, in the final year of his contract. However, at 30 years old he is a player that would make sense to try and extend past this season.
The Buffalo Bills may not be able to find many impact players in free agency but this is one move that could significantly improve the offense.