The day finally arrived when Buffalo Bills fans would learn what would happen at the defensive position between Boogie Basham and A.J. Epenesa. On the day that all 32 NFL teams had to solidify their 53-man roster, the Bills pulled one of the early trades by trading away Basham to the New York Giants, as well as a 2025 seventh round pick in exchange for a 2025 sixth round pick.
The former second round pick for the Bills was part of a crowded room that was going to push someone out the door. After a strong preseason, the Bills were able to get some sort of value for Basham as he now joins a Giants defensive line that is run by Don "Wink" Martindale.
Did the Buffalo Bills make the right choice by trading away Boogie Basham?
This move is a little bit of a head scratcher seeing that Basham not only had the better preseason but also has two years left on his rookie deal. Epenesa on the other hand is going into a contract season and has yet to break through as a second round pick back in 2020.
In addition, the Bills already have Gregory Rousseau and Leonard Floyd as their starters before Von Miller makes his return. While the Bills utilize a rotation upfront, Epenesa has not shown to be a valuable rotational player. Not to mention, trading away Basham just shows that the pick was a waste when they could have drafted center Creed Humphrey, who was drafted two picks after Basham.
A little bit of return in value is better than none, but basically giving away Basham shows that the Bills missed their chance to get the best out of Basham. On the other hand, it shows that Epenesa impressed the coaching staff enough to give him another shot, even though this might be his last season with the team.