The Buffalo Bills have had more success over the past three seasons than they’ve been in the 17-year playoff drought they endured from 2000 to 2017.
Both the Bills offense and defense have been excellent for much of the past three seasons, and it’s a refreshing thing for Bills fans to enjoy such a high and heavy offense as they hadn’t really seen this since at least 2002, when Drew Bledsoe passed over 4,300 passing yards in his first year at Buffalo.
The Bills are set to close out the 2021 regular season against the New York Jets this Sunday at Highmark Stadium, and with a win the Bills would claim their second straight AFC East title.
But it never hurts to look forward to the offseason ahead and wondering what moves might be ahead for the roster.
Right now, the Bills have a projected cap space of $ 9.6 million, which is down the league for cap space in 2022. Worst is the New Orleans Saints at -60 million dollars and the most is the Miami Dolphins at 75 million dollars.
That projected ceiling space for the Bills could hold back some offseason moves, but one position fans believe can be improved upon and have for a while is the running back position.
The Bills’ main full-backs are Devin Singletary and Zack Moss, but that full-back wouldn’t hurt from an upgrade, especially with a full-back who’s more prolific at catching the ball.
One of the best running backs in the NFL could be available for a trade in 2022, as The Athletic has reported that the Carolina Panthers are ready to “listen to the offers” for the star’s back.
McCaffrey totaled nearly 2,400 rushing and receiving yards in 2019, with 19 touchdowns in an outstanding season for Carolina. However, despite his talents, he has only played a total of 10 regular season games in the past two seasons due to injury.
McCaffrey’s contract is a huge issue as well. He signed a four-year extension of $ 64 million in 2020 with the Panthers and that cap begins in 2022. McCaffrey will have a cap of over $ 14 million in 2022 with over $ 17 million in 2023 and 2024.
The Bills would absolutely love a player like McCaffrey in their backfield, especially since he catches some terrific assists, but the contract is a problem. Bills general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott are both from Carolina and have made deals with the Panthers in the past.
The Panthers hired former Bills director of player personnel Dan Morgan as an assistant general manager last offseason and Morgan used to play linebacker for Carolina.
The connections the Bills have to the Panthers, along with McCaffrey’s skills and talents, make him an ideal trading room for a Bills team that is in a win-now mode. It makes a lot of sense.
But the injury and contract issues make it very difficult. A team like the Kansas City Chiefs will also be touted as a potential business candidate with their projected $ 29 million cap space and win-now attitude as well.
What do you say about Bills Mafia, do you want the Bills to move heaven and earth to land Christian McCaffrey? Or, allocate the money they have entirely to the offensive and secondary line?
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