Buffalo Bills reportedly make surprising free agent wide receiver signing

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After only drafting one wide receiver in the NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills have agreed to a deal with former Detroit Lions’ wideout Quintez Cephus per Adam Schefter. Cephus played for the Lions for three years from 2020-2022 before being suspended for all of 2023 due to violating the league’s gambling policy. Cephus was reinstated this month and now ends up with the Bills and Josh Allen. He was a fifth round pick for Detroit in 2020.

In three seasons played, Cephus 37 receptions for 568 yards and 4 touchdowns. From 2021-2022, Cephus played in just nine total games. This is an interesting signing seeing as how Cephus has not played a lot of football. Signing Cephus might just be a move by the Bills to provide competition for camp but nothing else further. However, the Bills wide receiver room doesn’t look the best on paper as of now so Cephus has the chance to make the roster. Anything is possible though and we won't truly know anything until we get closer to the start of the regular season.

With Buffalo only drafting one receiver in Keon Coleman, the wide receiver room includes Coleman, Khalil Shakir, Curtis Samuel, Mack Hollins, K.J. Hamler and now Cephus.

Cephus is 26 years old and is a big wideout, standing at 6 '1 and over 200 lbs, so the Bills do get themselves another bigger target for Allen. Beane has tried to build around Allen this offseason with losing Gabe Davis to the Jacksonville Jaguars and trading Stefon Diggs away to the Houston Texans.

It would not be shocking to see Beane make more moves here in the next month or two before the start of training camp. You can never have too much competition, especially with seeing how this offense might look seeing that weapons that have been there for a good amount of time are no longer there.