Desean Jackson and Three other Wideouts the Bills should target
Despite Donald Jones's recent injury, which has seen him join Marcus Easley and Roscoe Parrish on the sidelines, the Bills offense has somehow been able to keep things going.
It's a credit to Fred Jackson's all-around game, and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's ability to work with what he is given, that the Bills have not only managed to stay afloat—they have thrived. But how long can they continue as is?
As the deadline quickly approaches I would hope Buddy Nix is on the phone trying to make something happen. Here are four guys that could bring the sizzle to the offense that Buffalo could use to go deep into the post-season.
4. Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis Colts
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With the Colts' season all but in the can, it looks doubtful they can emerge from this prolonged swan-dive.
Peyton Manning's influence on this team is quite scary—they look nothing like last season's playoff team without their leader.
This can happen when you build an entire team around one player. So it would not surprise me to see a fire sale of sorts, and soon.
I would expect the Colts to try to keep some semblance of the team that Manning left behind for his return, but being able to pry Garcon away would be quite a steal. He is having a stellar year and he has the speed to add that element back to Buffalo's offense.
3. Brandon Lloyd, Denver Broncos
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Simply put, Brandon Lloyd is not in the long term plans for the Denver Broncos.
This is a good thing for him, because no one is quite certain what those plans actually are, anyway.
Lloyd, who led the NFL in receiving yards last year, lacks the blinding speed to be a game-breaker at wide receiver, but you will be hard pressed to find a wide-out who can come up with more spectacular catches.
At 30, the former Illinois star is surely not a long-term solution for a young team, but if he can be had for the price of the Lee Evans pick, it could make that trade a little more palatable.
While Lloyd is certainly available and also a good player he is not the best fit for the Bills, in the long or short term.
2. Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings
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Percy Harvin is a poor man's Steve Smith.
He has a similar skill set to the Panthers star, but he also is quite prone to spending time on the sidelines via injury.
He makes sense for the Bills, however, because he adds speed and also another dimension as a possible returner.
Yet despite his tremendous speed, Harvin has not shown himself to be a big-time deep threat. This year he is averaging just over 10 yards a catch, perhaps a result of rib injuries. He still has several years on his contract and doesn't seem like will ever become a No. 1 receiver.
He would look great in Buffalo's high-octane spread-type offense if Chan Gailey can get him in space using the tactics he's used for Roscoe Parrish, another speedy wideout.
1. Desean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
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This is a move that would surely get the NFL talking, but there are probably some fans—even in Buffalo—that would rather see this deal shot dead.
Jackson is a divisive figure, hated by opposing fan bases for his attitude and his mouth.
Like it or not, star receivers usually come with some sort of attitude—especially ones that get paid $500K a year after putting up several Pro Bowl-caliber seasons.
This move could work for the simple fact that I don't see Philadelphia making the long term commitment to Jackson. As is, he is currently a perk in their already well-equipped offense. While he is able to blow the top off a defense he is also unable to be used in the middle of the field. Well that's ok in Buffalo a team chock full of quality possession receivers. Buffalo is also one of the few teams with the cap space to give him that long desired raise.