The Buffalo Bills’ biggest success as a free agent has been the signing of outsider superstar Von Miller, and while the franchise tackles a variety of needs both offensively and defensively this season , a hole is still open, looking for a hard point to start.
While Miller is new to the Bills Mafia, that doesn’t mean he can’t help the team recruit players. Last season, before Miller made his debut with the Rams after being traded by the Denver Broncos, he was instrumental in recruiting wide-spread collector Odell Beckham Jr for Los Angeles, the 33-year-old told Fox Sports Sunday .
Keeping that in mind, when freestyle winger Joe Haden posted an Instagram video of himself playing golf with Miller, viewers wondered if this was yet another recruiting move by the second Super Bowl champion. times or not.
Miller and Haden spent Thursday, March 31 at the Lakeside Golf Club in Los Angeles, California, and the newly signed Bills star looked like he was having a blast with the three-time Pro Bowler. While this may have been just a friendly meeting, it’s hard to ignore the fact that the Bills are in dire need of a back-up, and Haden has yet to be attracted or re-signed with the Steelers.
Meanwhile, the Bills lost full-back Levi Wallace, who was knocked out by the Steelers, appearing to be Haden’s replacement. Wallace signed a two-year, $8 million deal with Pittsburgh, according to Spotrac.com.
ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg reported on March 24, “After letting Levi Wallace go to the Steelers, Buffalo doesn’t have a clear No. 2 corner behind Tre’Davious White, who is recovering from a torn ACL. Dane Jackson, entering season three, was firmly added to White last year, but he should have competition for that starting role.
“Adding in position through the draft and with a veteran freelance agent would be wise for what is shaping up to be a top line of defense again.”
Haden said goodbye to Steelers Nation after the team’s playoff loss
The 32-year-old full-back wasted no time in saying goodbye to the Steelers following the 41-21 AFC Wildcard loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Although he turns 33 on April 14, Haden has also made it clear that he doesn’t want to retire.
He tweeted on January 16, “Steelers Nation… .. I love u Guys! The love I’ve felt from the first day here is unbelievable and I can’t thank you guys enough! We’ll see what the future holds! #GoldsPlan #ImNotDoneBalling! ”
After three weeks of free agency, Haden, who is an unrestricted freelancer, is still on the market and Cover 1 host Greg Thompsett tweeted that he is a “potential target” for the Bills list.
Aside from Haden’s age, there are some concerns about his trauma history. Haden missed the Steelers’ home opener against the Las Vegas Raiders after injuring his groin in practice two days earlier, and then missed another four games with a midfoot sprain against Detroit Lions in mid-November. The 5-foot 11 corner ended the 2021 NFL season with 26 solo tackles and 12 assists, according to Professional Football Reference.
Rated as NFL.com’s top 100 free agent this holiday season, “Haden can still deliver quality snapshots year after year,” Around the NFLwrote Gregg Rosenthal.
Over the course of his career, the former 2010 NFL Draft first-teamer has scored a total of 29 interceptions for 290 yards and two touchdowns.
Bills analysts & fans have mixed reactions to possibly signing Haden
While an experienced cornerback would be the perfect addition to knock out the Bills defense, not everyone is sold on Haden. After witnessing Miller golf with Haden, SB Nation’s Bruce Noah tweeted: “Last year Joe Haden was pretty ‘meh’ and the Steelers signed Levi Wallace to replace him. I would feel similarly ‘meh’ about a potential #Bills signing.
However, a lot of Bills fans expressed their excitement at the possibility of signing Haden.
Other top stumbling blocks the Bills could win free agent rights if general manager Brandon Beane can free up more cap space are James Bradberry and Bryce Callahan.
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