Rumor has it that the Bills are looking to sign tight end Zach Ertz and cornerback Steve Nelson in an effort to strengthen their roster.
The 2020 NFL season was the Bills’ best season so far in the 21st century. They won the AFC East last year, thus ending the Patriots’ 11-year dominance. Oddsmakers expect them to do the same in 2021, with the NFL Vegas odds on the Bills winning the divisional title being somewhere around -133.
.The 2021 season could turn out even better than the last one. For that to happen, however, the Bills would need to make their roster even stronger than the last year
According to Philadelphia Eagles radio announcer Merrill Reese, the Zach Ertz Eagles era is coming to an end. Reportedly, his days in Philadelphia are numbered, with the Eagles looking to offload him this summer.
The 30-year-old tight end looks like a great catch for literally any NFL team. Although the 2020 season was one of his worst, Ertz surely has an impressive portfolio.
Since being drafted by the Eagles in 2013, he’s played a total of 117 games, making 561 receptions for 6,078 yards, scoring 36 touchdowns along the way.
In 2017, he was a part of the Eagles team that went on to win Super Bowl LII. The same year, he was selected for his first Pro Bowl (the other two invites came in the following two seasons).
The 2018 season, however, was when he achieved his best NFL moments. He started every single game for the Eagles, making 116 receptions, which was more than any other tight end had done previously.
Fast-forward to 2021 and Ertz could be on the move to Buffalo, where he’d probably get a starting role straight away, replacing the incumbent TE Dawson Knox.
Signing Zach Ertz is going to require a lot of effort, as well as a lot of money. However, signing Steve Nelson should go smoothly.
The 28-year-old cornerback is currently a free agent after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers at the end of the 2020 season in a salary-cap move.
The decision came as a surprise to many, considering that he’s had a pretty decent season. In fact, in 2020, he started in 15 games for the Steelers, making 48 tackles.
Before spending two seasons in Pittsburgh, Nelson had played for the Kansas City Chiefs for four seasons. He was drafted by the Chiefs as 98th overall in 2015.
The same year he featured in 15 games, although without starting a single one. It was his second year when he became a starter, while the 2018 season remains his career-best.
All of Buffalo’s key men from the 2020 season are still on the roster. However, the Bills look even stronger than the last year, as they’ve made plenty of new acquisitions already in the offseason.
So far, they’ve signed more than 30 players, including a couple of players with impressive pedigrees, like defensive tackles Eli Ankou and Nazair Jones.
The Bills did release a couple of players as well, although none of those are going to be missed much. One player who could potentially cause problems for the Bills is wide receiver Cole Beasley, who’s coming off a brilliant season.
The trouble is that the 32-year-old is considering retiring over his disagreement with NFL’s COVID protocols