‘Timing made sense’ | Bills GM Brandon Beane details decision to trade WR Stefon Diggs

Buffalo did add some depth to their wide receiver room during free agency with the additions of Curtis Samuel and Mack Hollins.

Samuel is entering his eighth season and has played in 91 games. The WR had a career-year when current Bills offensive coordinator Joe Brady was his OC in 2020 with the Panthers. Samuel racked up 77 catches, 851 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Hollins will be a seven-year veteran in 2024 and has 95 games under his belt. His best year came in 2022 with the Raiders when he had 57 catches, 690 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

“It was very important for us to add a couple guys,” Beane said. “Mack Hollins is a veteran guy. I know he hasn’t been a one. But he has played meaningful snaps and had some good seasons, especially when he was with the Raiders and Derek Carr, one of the better quarterbacks he’s played with.

“Curtis Samuel, we’ve talked about him before. So we did try to add some pieces that would, if we didn’t trade Stef, would still mesh with him – different skillsets. But also with the flexibility of if we did do the move at this time, we would have to hold enough space to do that.”

In terms of taking who’s over the No. 1 spot at wide receiver, Beane said for now it’ll be viewed as a shared role.

“I think we do have a lot of confidence in our offense, in the other players, whether it’s receivers, the two tight ends, the backs,” Beane shared. “And listen, we don’t play games until September. I would hope you know by now I’m going to turn over every stone and our staff is to continue to look to add depth and competition to all those rooms. So, that when it’s time to play, we have a team we’re proud of and that’s going to give us a chance to win.”

Whether they’ll fill the remaining holes in the draft or with veterans, the goal remains the same.

“It’s April the 3rd and we play in September, so let’s be patient and let us work through this,” Beane said. “Was it easy? No. But if you make the best decision for the Bills going forward, that’s all you can do. You can trust that. So, this organization and our fanbase needs to trust that we are going to trot out a damn good team come September. And that’s our plan and that’s not changing.”

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