Why B/R thinks Bills, free agent Hunter Henry won’t work

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Bills general manager Brandon Beane turned some heads with his thoughts on his team’s tight end position after the 2020 season.

Beane said Buffalo’s tight ends never put a fear into opposing defenses. Not exactly a glowing remark for incumbent starter Dawson Knox.

As free agency approaches, there could be an addition to this group en route considering Beane’s comments. Could the Chargers’ Hunter Henry be the solution?

Bleacher Report advises against that.

In naming Henry’s worst possible landing spot in free agency, B/R pegged the Bills as just that.

Here’s part of their reasoning as to why:

Henry may like the Bills’ trajectory following their trip to the AFC Championship Game, but they won’t have a lot to spend on a tight end ($1.9 million in cap space) with a handful of playmakers to feed in the passing game. He can make more money and become a bigger part of an aerial attack with another team.

Well, since B/R made this suggestion, Buffalo freed up a bunch of cap space by cutting wide receiver John Brown and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson. Per Spotrac, that opened up as much as $14.4 million in salary cap space. The Bills also restructured a few contracts.

Truthfully the most curious factor here might not be money or the salary cap. Rather, it could be quarterback Josh Allen.

In Allen’s breakout season, Knox didn’t do well. But Allen didn’t really look his way much, either. Is adding a big-time tight end worth it for the Bills? Adding a player like Henry would certainly give the Bills this answer.

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