4 trades the Buffalo Bills can make during second wave of free agency

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Buffalo Bills Trade Target: Austin Ekeler, Los Angeles Chargers RB

Until the Buffalo Bills sign, trade for or draft a running back with pass-blocking abilities they will be linked to basically every possible running back option who is available.

While the draft capital cost would likely be reasonable to acquire Ekeler (maybe a third round pick?) the fit is tenuous at best. Ekeler has requested to seek a trade because of contract demands, and the Bills are unlikely to want to give him more money than the Chargers are willing to.

The Buffalo Bills should be looking to add a lower cost, bruising back who can excel in short yardage and help with pass blocking. While Ekeler has shown the ability to do those things, his contract of $6.25 million for 2023 is high for a running back, and at 28 years old entering next season, entering into an extension of any length is a move that the Bills should avoid.

As exciting as the name is, and as reasonable as the trade cost may be, this is most likely a route that the Bills should avoid, seeking to fill this need through the draft, or by signing a player who will be released between the draft and the start of training camp allowing them to allocate their money to address other needs.

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