Buffalo Bills could look at cornerback but Patrick Surtain II would cost too much
The cornerback position is one that the Buffalo Bills could look at the trade market to improve. The team just lost Tre'Davious White to a season-ending Achilles injury and it remains to be seen how this might change the secondary.
Fortunately, the team does have some depth at this position as Dane Jackson, who started 14 games last year, should now step into the starting line up. It also opens up the door for Kaiir Elam to be active, which he wasn't the first four weeks.
However, neither is of the caliber of White and if the team wants to find a true replacement for the former All-Pro then Denver Broncos' cornerback Patrick Surtain II could be an option. Recently, Ryan O'Halloran at The Buffalo News proposed the idea of trading Elam, a 2024 first round pick, and a 2025 second round pick that could become a first for Surtain.
While it may be a lot, the compensation is fair for a player of the caliber of Patrick Surtain II. He was a first round pick in 2021, has already been named first-team All-Pro in his career, and has quickly become one of the best cornerbacks in the league.
Meanwhile, the Denver Broncos could quickly find themselves in rebuild mode and Patrick Surtain II would bring back the most draft capital of any players on their roster.
The problem is that the Buffalo Bills defense has never really emphasized the cornerback position. Over the years, they have had success with players like Levi Wallace and Dane Jackson so it doesn't make sense to invest so much for a player like Surtain.
The Buffalo Bills may end up trading for a cornerback at some point but it is unlikely that player would be Patrick Surtain II.