The Bills needed help at WR and if there’s one thing we know about Bills general manager Brandon Beane it’s that he’s not afraid to make a trade. Beane confirmed on Monday the Bills sent the Browns a 7th round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as part of the deal.
It seems like a low risk, high reward trade.
“It hadn’t worked up in Cleveland probably the way he thought when he was drafted or the way they thought when they drafted him in the first round,” Beane told reporters Monday morning. “It’s a fresh start for him to come in here and compete. He’s not going to automatically get anything he’s got to come in here and compete I told him that on the phone last night.”
The Bills current wide out group has plenty of size but not a lot of guys who can beat the defense deep down the field and that’s what Coleman could add to the offense.
“Always looking to add speed on both sides of the ball,” Beane added. “You can’t coach speed and we’re always looking to add that so that was one of the attractive things and he’s still got that.”
Bills safety Jordan Poyer is familiar with Coleman.
“He’s fast and explosive,” the safety said.
The two players were with the Browns in 2016 and went head-to-head in practice. Poyer believes this trade will offer Coleman a chance to hit the restart button in his career.
“It’s a fresh start you put the past away whatever happened in the past doesn’t matter anymore,” he continued. “It just matters that you come in and show you can do your job and learn the playbook and you’re ready to help this team win football games.”
Beane said he expects Coleman to be on the field for Tuesday’s practice at St. John Fisher College but added he’s not sure if the receiver will play in the preseason opener on Thursday against Carolina.