Bills could add former All-Pro linebacker as insurance policy this offseason

Green Bay Packers v Buffalo Bills
Green Bay Packers v Buffalo Bills / Timothy T Ludwig/GettyImages

The Buffalo Bills had to part ways with some key players this offseason and it's led some outsiders to believe they might not be the same threat that they have been in recent years. Bills fans know that as long as Josh Allen is the quarterback of the team, they'll be Super Bowl contenders.

That being said, the Bills could still use some help for their 2024 squad. Matt Holder of Bleacher Report wrote that the move the Bills need to make the most this offseason is adding a veteran linebacker. Some names he lists are Zach Cunningham and Shaq Leonard.

"At his peak, Matt Milano is an All-Pro caliber player. However, he turns 30 at the end of July and is coming off a season-ending injury. Also, Buffalo let Tyrel Dodson, who filled in well for Milano last fall, walk in free agency.
While the roster does have some young talent at the position, it feels like the Bills' Super Bowl window is starting to close, so they'd be wise to bring in a veteran backer like Zach Cunningham or Shaquille Leonard as an insurance policy at the least."

Matt Holder

Leonard is an interesting name to consider bringing into Buffalo. A former second-rounder out of South Carolina State in 2018, Leonard played at an All-Pro level for the Indianapolis Colts for the first several years of his career and was crowned All-Pro three times. Unfortunately, in 2022, he suffered a slew of injuries and only ended up appearing in three games.

The next year, he wasn't getting the playing time that he felt he deserved and the Colts waived him late in the year. He signed with the Eagles to help them try and make another Super Bowl run but now he's still waiting for a team to sign with in 2024.

Shaq Leonard could revamp his career in Buffalo

The Bills starting linebackers are set to be Matt Milano and Terrel Bernard, but as Holder noted, Milano is coming off a season-ending injury and getting older. Adding Leonard could be a smart move for the Bills as they look to rebuild their defense.

Maybe Leonard doesn't go on to do anything of importance in Buffalo but it's worth a shot. He could serve as a vital depth piece for the Bills and as we've seen in years past, that can be the difference between a deep playoff run and a disappointing playoff exit.