Grades for every Buffalo Bills move from first week of 2023 free agency

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Deonte Harty signs two-year deal

Deonte Harty made the Pro Bowl as a rookie for his performance as a returner but with the Buffalo Bills the indications are that he will be playing a bigger part on offense. Brandon Beane described Harty’s role as the “four role”, something similar to what Isaiah McKenzie played which was a reason why the team released him after the addition of Harty.

There is no question that Harty is an explosive wide receiver and should be able to generate big plays in this offense. The uncertainty with this addition is that Harty hasn’t played much on offense with a career high of only 36 receptions in 2021. It would be great to have added more experience at the position but the upside is certainly there.

Grade: B

Trent Sherfield leaves Miami Dolphins to sign with Buffalo Bills

The other free agent addition the Buffalo Bills made at wide receiver was Trent Sherfield, who is coming off a career year with the Miami Dolphins. However, similar to Harty his career year was only 30 receptions.

The addition of Trent Sherfield should be viewed as a replacement for Jake Kumerow, who is a free agent this offseason. Sherfield has the potential to be a starting slot receiver and probably is competing with Khalil Shakir at this point when considering the players on the roster. Where he ultimately ends up in the depth chart though is as the fifth wide receiver and primarily a special teams player.

Grade: B