The last few weeks have been spent hashing out plenty of avenues for free agency and the draft in May, but could there be any opportunities for the Buffalo Bills to pursue to improve their roster through a trade?
While in-season trades before the midseason deadline are pretty rare, the few weeks leading into the collegiate draft presents a prime chance to find a bargain from another team. A majority of the players available at this time of year are ones their respective teams have soured on due to attitude or disappointing production in respect to their draft position.
The Bills took advantage of such an opportunity last offseason during draft week, when they did a one-for-one swap with the Indianapolis Colts. Former first-round selection Jerry Hughes had worn out his welcome after a disappointing three seasons in the Midwest and came over to the Bills in return for inside linebacker Kelvin Sheppard.
Buffalo won the first year of the deal as Hughes became the pass-rush specialist he was expected to be coming out of TCU. Hughes broke out with 10 sacks because he was allowed to "pin back his ears," while the coaches limited his other responsibilities.
That type of luck might be hard to come by two years in a row, but there is little doubt the Bills will look to be active in any way they can to improve the team by addition or subtraction. Let's take a look at a few possible trade scenarios which would be beneficial for the Bills to think about during the offseason.