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Everyone will be tuning into Super Bowl LV on Sunday, and that should include Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane and the team’s front office.
The Bills are still waiting to see where the 2021 salary cap will land which will influence who they try to sign in free agency this offseason… but hey, you never know, right? Might as well do a little scouting while you’re watching the game.
With that said, let’s take a look at Super Bowl participants that the Bills could have their eyes on come free agency:
Chiefs CB Bashaud Breeland
Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
The Bills have put an emphasis on trying to get their No. 2 cornerback position solidified the past few seasons. Usually they'll end up with a veteran like Josh Norman which produces mixed results. Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland could be someone that finally produces across from Tre'Davious White. Breeland, 28, had a four-game suspension to start the year, but ended up with two interceptions, a forced fumble and nine passes defended. He had an average annual salary of $3 million in his last contract.
Chiefs OL Mike Remmers
Chiefs offensive tackle Mike Remmers. Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
If the Bills potentially lose offensive line pieces this offseason like Daryl Williams, Mike Remmers might fit the bill. He's starting at left tackle but has played on the right side in his career... and of course, he previously played with the Panthers (2014-2016) so we all know that could be a factor. Remmers also actually is a favorable comparison to Williams, at least in terms of Pro Football Focus stats. He was the 36th best tackle in the NFL this season, while Williams was No. 21. A drop, but he could save dollars since the 31-year-old had a $1.187M yearly average in his most-recent contract with KC.
Chiefs RB Le'Veon Bell
Chiefs running back Le'Veon Bell (26). Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Le'Veon Bell was just a free agent and recently acknowledged that his decision was a "close" one between the Chiefs, Dolphins and Bills. Buffalo will likely circle back around to him this upcoming offseason. He signed for an average value of $1M, certainly do-able for the Bills. Despite playing in a rotational role with the Chiefs, Bell, 28, was PFF's No. 30 running back in 2020.
Buccaneers RB LeSean McCoy
LeSean McCoy #25 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Shady? Huh? Well, hear us out. It's probably doubtful, but LeSean McCoy did recently say something that was different than Buffalo is used to hearing from him. He essentially said he might retire if the Bucs win, but also added that he is accepting of going to a team as a backup in a No. 2 or 3 role. McCoy has also praised the Bills since he departed prior to 2019. That's pretty much what the Bills would be doing, so who knows? At 33, no team would be breaking the bank for him... but he is in a No. 3 role with the Bucs so he might not get much playing time.
Buccaneers OL Joe Haeg
Joe Haeg #73 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Joe Haeg is a tackle that could be a potential replacement for one guy on Buffalo's roster. Not Williams, rather, Ty Nsekhe. Haeg could project to be a swing tackle for the Bills, but he's also playing that role with the Bucs so he might not get much playing time, but keep an eye out anyway. The 28-year-old's last contract averaged just north of $2 million.
Buccaneers CB Ross Cockrell
Buccaneers defensive back Ross Cockrell, Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Previously starting his career with the Bills briefly, Ross Cockrell has experience playing in a zone and on the inside and outside of a defense. He's not exactly a guy to write home about, but he could provide the Bills with versatile depth and you know they love that in Buffalo. In 12 games in 2020, Cockrell had one pass defended and a tackle for loss. PFF did grade the 30-year-old a 73.0 in coverage this past season as well, so some potentially good depth as well.
Buccaneers CB Ryan Smith
Buccaneers cornerback Ryan Smith. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
We couldn't finish this without having a special teamer on here, right? Ryan Smith is exactly that, playing in the second-most special teams snaps for the Bucs this season. His speed stands out as a gunner. The Bills did have a solid teams unit in 2020, but they'll always look to improve. Taiwan Jones is also a free agent.