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“I don’t want to have to suck it up enough to have to get Ja’Marr Chase”

“I don’t want to have to suck it up enough to have to get Ja’Marr Chase”

Two days later emphatic exit of early eliminations by Cincinnati Bengalsthe wound is still fresh in Buffalo.

Just ask Brandon Bean.

The Buffalo Bills general manager spoke to reporters Tuesday at his season-ending press conference following Buffalo’s 27-10 loss. He was asked if Buffalo should “fit” Cincinnati’s roster building plan, allowing them to build a strong receiving corps. The response included a not-so-subtle shot at the franchise he took over:

“They have a good team,” Bean said. “Right now, they’re on the cusp of a rookie quarterback contract. They’ve had lean years without having to put too much into their lineup.

“I don’t want to suck it bad enough to have to get Ja’Marr Chase. He’s a tremendous talent. I’d love to have him. But you have to go through lean years for that.”

Beane’s point is clear even if expressed with a grain of salt. The Bengals have built their roster with a significant playing advantage Joe Burrow His new contract, which pays him $36.1 million over four years, will inevitably exercise his fifth-year option in 2024 or sign an extension that will raise his salary.

The Bengals have found the best winning formula in the NFL

Hitting a rookie quarterback who stands out early in his career is the ultimate fast lane in the NFL. Having a Pro Bowl-level quarterback discounted in a salary-constrained league allows for spending elsewhere and opens up a prime window for success. The Seattle Seahawks He won a Super Bowl Russell Wilson on his rookie contract while using cap space to build a historically excellent defense. The Kansas City Chiefs he also won a Super Bowl Patrick Mahomes before signing the rookie contract 10-year, $450 million deal.

Brandon Beane has a tough challenge this offseason. (Mark Konezny/Reuters)

The Bills were in a similar position with Allen before trading his $23.1 million option this season. He will start his first year a six-year, $258 million contract extension next season The Bills’ window to build around Allen is over. Bean apparently wants to make that clear Buffalo’s roster construction is on fire ahead of a championship season.

Bills have significant needs

The Bills were outplayed on both sides of the line of scrimmage by the Bengals, and their receiving talent beyond the All-Pro. Stefon Diggs It was a complete display as the Bills didn’t score a touchdown through the air on Sunday. They could clearly use improvements in the trenches and at the skill positions, hence the question about Cincinnati’s top receiving corps with Chase. Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd.

And yes, it’s true that the Bengals had to “suck up” Burrow in the 2020 draft and Chase at No. 5 in the draft a year later. Those two players now on rookie deals are pushing a franchise to its second consecutive Super Bowl.

Can the bills be improved with cap cuts, low draft picks?

The Bills, of course, had a similar window in Allen’s new contract from 2018-21. They found success, but not at the same level as the Bengals, who have now been overtaken in the AFC pecking order. The Bills won’t be picking first or fifth anytime soon, meaning they’ll have to get creative to get the roster updates they need.

Beane himself said that if Buffalo’s cap is projected, the roster is currently built at roughly $240 million through 2023. NFL salary cap for next season. projects that will be included below this amount.

“There will be no signing of Von Miller.” said Bean, according to the Buffalo News. “… We’re going to be creative. We’re going to try and win. It’s up to me to figure it out. We’ve got to hit the draft picks, find the low-cost free agents they can find. roles, key backup, solid starter, whatever.”

So the Bills will have to play their draft cards right. While being the top pick helps, the difference-making talent is found beyond the top 10 picks in the draft. They found the Minnesota Vikings Justin Jefferson 22nd pick in the 2020 draft – acquired from the Bills in the trade that sent Stefon Diggs to Buffalo. The Bengals selected Tee Higgins with the first pick of the second round in the same draft.

invoices He will pick No. 27 overall in April, the selection that will be rigorously examined. With the Bills’ window right now, they’ll be hard-pressed to find a player who can make an immediate impact, either in the trenches or at receiver.

They will do so to keep pace with the Chiefs and Bengals, who have no intention of getting sucked in again anytime soon.



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