The Buffalo Bills added another insult to their list against veteran wide receivers this offseason with a bargain they tried to strike with DeAndre Hopkins.
The Bills have made headlines in the past month with their continuing drama revolving around another receiver, Stefon Diggs. Diggs has been reportedly unhappy with the Bills’ offensive scheme in big games. Coaches dismissed Diggs from OTAs in June while the team worked out problems between Diggs and the Bills.
Diggs wants to win, and none of his squabbles since the team’s Divisional Round loss to the Cincinnati Bengals have been about money. The Bills apparently are all-in on receivers who want to win, but they’re trying to skim on payment for a player who could make a difference on the team.
NFL News: Buffalo Bills don’t want to pay DeAndre Hopkins
According to Jeff Darlington with ESPN, the Bills would “love” to have Hopkins, but not for the price Hopkins’ agent is requesting:
“My understanding with the Bills is like, yeah, they love DeAndre Hopkins, he’d be a great addition, but they’re not gonna pay him,” Darlington said on The Rich Eisen Show.
Darlington said if Hopkins wants to “ring chase”, he has a spot with the Bills.
Darlington thinks Hopkins is currently pricing himself out of the contender market, especially considering Hopkins wants to play on a stable team with a great quarterback and top defense.
It’s still too early to know if that’s the case. Training camp is still weeks away. The New England Patriots, considered contenders in the AFC East, are interested in signing Hopkins. The Patriots have more cap money than the Bills.
Hopkins needs to monitor the Stefon Diggs situation
The Bills could start to feel different about paying Hopkins if the mood is sour between Diggs and the Bills during training camp. Most of the national media regard the Bills as a Super Bowl contender this season. I think the Bills will regress this season after the turnover on defense and on the coaching staff.
If the Bills want to compete in the blooming AFC East, much less the AFC, they need to add more firepower like Hopkins to the roster. Snubbing Hopkins to take a “ring chase” contract as a 31-year-old elite receiver is ridiculous. That line of thinking won’t get them past the Cincinnati Bengals or Kansas City Chiefs, and they can only get to their level if they survive the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins.
If the Patriots, Jets, or Dolphins sign Hopkins and or Dalvin Cook, the Bills’ prospects in the division become even gloomier.
For More Wisconsin Sports:
Follow me on Twitter at @JordanSig, and follow us @WiSportsHeroics. You can also reach out to Jordan Sigler via email at email@example.com. To read more of our articles and keep up to date on the latest in ALL of Wisconsin sports, click here! Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, the Buffalo Bills are considered to be a small market team. However, despite their small market status, the government is still ready to follow the plans to build Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, their home neighborhood since 1973. The Bills have remained loyal to Buffalo, their original city of establishment in 1960, and have not expressed intentions to relocate to cities like San Diego or Austin now or in future.
The Pegulas outbid Trump with a record-breaking $1.4 billion offer to secure the deal and ownership of the Buffalo Bills in September 2014. The NFL's finance committee and league owners unanimously approved the bid.
Terry and Kim Pegula almost bought the Buffalo Bills for $1.4 billion in cash, outbidding Donald Trump and Jon Bon Jovi in 2014. The Pegulas' bid was supported by principals of the Toronto-based Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.