Buffalo Bills: 3 free agents who will outplay their contracts in 2024

The Buffalo Bills will have a ton of new faces on the team this season and these three players will outplay their contracts for the team this year. In addition, there's an honorable mention wildcard who has the ability to do so as well.
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Honorable Mention: Chase Claypool

Now this is more of an honorable mention because it’s a 50/50 chance Claypool even makes the team. The Claypool signing is a huge wildcard that could either be a huge positive or falter out like it never happened. The Bills have caught a lot of strays for this signing but it’s a low-risk, high-reward-level deal by general manager, Brandon Beane.

Claypool has had a very interesting career thus far. He was one of the more talented and talked about receivers coming out of the draft in 2020; mainly because of the rare combination of size and athleticism he poses at 6’4” 238 lbs. He was selected by the Steelers in the second round and had a phenomenal rookie season. As a rookie, he caught 62 passes for 873 yards and nine touchdowns, with an average of 14.1 yards per catch. He followed it up with a nice sophomore season that included 59 catches for 860 yards, two touchdowns, and an even better 14.6 yards per catch.

After that, he fell off and was having character issues with the team and questions about his playing intensity arose. He was dealt to a very receiver-needy Chicago Bears team and was flat. He didn’t see much action in Miami after that. His ability to be great is there and he’s shown he can get it done in the past, he has all the tools, now he just needs to rebound and piece it all together.

Claypool has publicly stated he’s not taking this opportunity with the Bills for granted and he knows it might be his last chance to make it in the league. Throughout optional team appearances and the recent mandatory team minicamp, Claypool has reportedly looked pretty good, with one Bills reporter even saying he’s been the teams most consistent receiver.

If he can continue that into training camp, he has a really nice chance at cracking the 53-man roster. The Bills could unlock Claypool's potential again and benefit from it, in a season where they need receivers. If all goes according to plan and we see the old Claypool, the former Notre Dame receiver could easily outplay his 1-year $1.1 million price tag.