The Buffalo Bills have spent the last two days wheeling and dealing. On Tuesday, Buffalo sent third year linebacker Kiko Alonso packing in a trade that brings running back LeSean McCoy to the Bills, in a move which should bolster their already solid running attack. Bills running back CJ Spiller was most likely not going to return next season in Buffalo anyway, but the addition of McCoy seemingly spells a definite end to the tenure of Spiller in Buffalo. With that being said, the Bills made another move to try to upgrade their team, specifically at the quarterback position. Buffalo has agreed to a trade with the Minnesota Vikings in which Matt Cassel will be coming to Buffalo, with draft picks going the other way to Minnesota. Cassel is 32 years old, and is coming off of a season in which he missed 13 games with a broken foot. Cassel struggled to find success in Minnesota after his time in New England and Kansas City. The two best seasons of his career came in 2008 and 2010.

Buffalo Receives:

QB – Matt Cassel
2015 NFL Draft – 6th Round Pick

Minnesota Receives:

2015 NFL Draft – 5th Round Pick
2016 NFL Draft – 7th Round Pick

The deal isn’t terrible on either side, Minnesota receives two picks in exchange for some useful salary cap relief, while Buffalo receives a quarterback who may be able to help mentor third year quarterback EJ Manuel, who was benched after four games as the starter in Buffalo last year. The last four seasons however, Cassel has thrown more interceptions (34) than touchdowns (30), and has also only managed to win seven of his last 24 games as a starter. Rex Ryan is not an offensive coach, and everyone knows that. It remains to be seen if Cassel can reclaim his former glory in which he tossed 27 touchdown passes and made the Pro-Bowl, but without a first round pick this year and a weak free agent class at the quarterback position, Buffalo didn’t have many options and this just may be the best one they had.

Grades:

Buffalo – B
Minnesota – B

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