What might it take for the Buffalo Bills to trade for Brandon Aiyuk?
Brandon Aiyuk was a first round draft pick by the 49ers in 2020. Still just 25 years old, he has shown improvement across each of his three seasons in the NFL. Last season he totaled 1015 yards on 78 receptions and added 8 touchdowns in 17 games.
As a young, ascending wide receiver who is just entering his prime, he will not come cheaply. Because of his very reasonable salary cap hit in 2023 as he plays in the fourth year of his rookie deal, he will not come at any discount. While the reports of requests, and actual acquisition costs for wide receivers have varied widely over the past few seasons, any deal for Aiyuk would likely start with the Bills first round pick in 2023, and likely include at least one additional draft pick or a player of some value.
While it may seem counter-intuitive for a team like the Buffalo Bills to give up multiple draft picks, this may be the year to do that. The draft class this season has received very lukewarm valuations by many experts, and while the Bills slot at number 27 overall is valuable, they are unlikely to get a receiver at that slot who will have as big an impact next season as Aiyuk.
So if the Bills could get Aiyuk for a first round pick and a later pick in 2024, the question remains, should they?