State Of The Bills: April 9th, 2022

April 11, 2022
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In the second edition of “The State of the Bills,” we will look at all the rumors, transactions, and news surrounding the Buffalo Bills This week was relatively quiet for the Buffalo Bills as the draft moved closer. The Bills have gotten through the offseason making splashes and big moves. This is likely the last week we see Buffalo do anything significant before the draft. Another eventful week for the Bills as free agency starts to slow down, and the draft slowly is inching closer.

Rumors

NFL Draft is 17 days away. Teams have started bringing players to their facilities to complete the 30 visits allotted with draft prospects. The Bills met with several different players at the combine and the Senior Bowl. Still, these top-30 visits are much more in-depth with prospects as they usually travel to Buffalo for a day with the team. Here is a list of prospects reported to have had a top-30 visit with the Buffalo Bills.

  • WR John Metchie, Alabama
  • OL Sean Rhyan, UCLA
  • OT Nicholas Petit-Frere, Ohio State
  • CB Andrew Booth Jr, Clemson
  • CB Martin Emerson, Mississippi State
  • RB Isaiah Spiller, Texas A&M
  • RB James Cook, Georgia
  • TE Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
  • S Lewis Cine, Georgia
  • S Nick Cross, Maryland

You can see the patterns of what positions the Bills may be potentially interested in. Clearly, there is a slight emphasis on running back, safety, and cornerback. The cornerback position is likely the biggest hole on the roster, with Levi Wallace signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tre’Davious White coming off an ACL injury. The intriguing visit is Andrew Booth Jr, who may fall in the draft with some health concerns.

Booth is a physical and athletic corner with the ideal size for the NFL. He is very aggressive and has some of the best ball tracking in this draft class. Booth Jr can play in multiple schemes and really excels in zone defenses which is a fit with Leslie Frazier’s defense. Booth has some lingering questions about his health as he missed the combine and his pro day with a hamstring injury and a core muscle surgery.

The Bills are likely very interested in Booth and upgrading the cornerback position. They brought him in for a visit to gather as much possible information about him and his current health going into the draft.

Transactions

Stefon Diggs signed a Contract Extension worth $96 Million with $70 Million guaranteed over four years. Diggs is now under contract in Buffalo for the next six years, finishing out his previous contract and extending four years. Furthermore, Resigning Diggs was not only about keeping one of the best wide receivers in the NFL but also about keeping Josh Allen happy. Allen and Diggs will not be in Buffalo together until at least 2027.

Bobby Hart resigned with the Bills on a one-year deal. Hart spent most of his time on the practice squad for Buffalo last season. However, Hart made three appearances for the Tennesse Titans in weeks seven through nine after the Titans signed him off the Bills practice squad. Hart then resigned with the Bills practice squad and made his lone appearance in week 16. The Bills are short on depth at the tackle position. Hart will provide potential depth on the practice squad or the roster if he is able to perform well in training camp.

Bills In Other News

A Josh Allen rookie football card from 2018 sold for $312,000 this past weekend. This marks the highest value any Allen trading card has sold for. Allen has seen his value skyrocket over the past two seasons as he has become one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. The most any football trading card has been sold for was a rookie Patrick Mahomes card which sold for $4.3 Million in July of 2021.

Bills Mafia was present at the Masters this past weekend as there was a “Go Bills” right as Colin Morikawa took a bunker shot on the 18th hole that ended up going in for a birdie.