Why it would make sense for the Buffalo Bills to trade Gabe Davis
If you add Deandre Hopkins to the team, lining him up opposite Stefon Diggs automatically gives you one of, if not the best, receiving core in the league. Diggs and Hopkins are both receivers capable of commanding more than one-hundred targets a season. Simply put, the volume and targets would just not be there for Davis.
Since his rookie year, Davis has flashed loads of potential and made some incredible plays. Coming off a playoff game where we saw Davis explode for four touchdowns versus the Chiefs, the expectation was for Davis to continue playing at such a level. He did not and appeared to struggle at times as the team’s full-time wide receiver two. He was also plagued with drops, including a few that were game-changing.
The potential for the type of receiver Davis could become is still there though, and plenty of teams would surely come calling. If, (and it’s a big if) the Bills were to land Hopkins, trading Davis while his value is still high could be the smart move. With that four-touchdown game still fresh in general managers’ minds, and the one-handed touchdown catch on Steelers’ safety, Minkah Fitzpatrick, last season, it would help fetch a nice return for him.
If Hopkins becomes a Buffalo Bill, he is going to cost a lot. The team would immediately have to rework his contract just to make it work in terms of cap space this year. Davis is entering year four of his career and will need a new deal next year. If you trade for Hopkins, you give him Davis’ money and then some. Getting at least something for him, instead of watching him walk for free next off-season, makes too much sense.