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GMFB host: Bills 'are a playoff team,' should acquire Melvin Gordon

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The Buffalo Bills are in an incredibly advantageous position.

Through the first six weeks of the 2019 NFL season, the beloved franchise from western New York sits at 4-1, good for second place in the AFC. Their defense has been nothing short of incredible, allowing an average of just 275.0 yards per game. The team’s remaining schedule is favorable, as well, as just four of Buffalo’s remaining opponents currently sit at or above .500.

Barring a monumental collapse, the Bills will make the playoffs.

Though Buffalo has looked strong through the first few weeks of the 2019 season, settling for being ‘good enough’ in a progressively aggressive may prove to be costly. Good Morning Football host Kyle Brandt would like to see the Bills improve their roster through trade, their potential x-factor coming in the form of Melvin Gordon.

“I’d like to see the Buffalo Bills make a move,” Brandt said on Wednesday’s show. “This is a team that is going to win 10 or 11 games. I’m going to say it – the Bills are going to the playoffs. Short of a crazy collapse or a rash of injuries, I think they’re going . . . I would love to see some offense, and I wouldn’t hate it, if I’m just going to mash buttons on the trade machine, I would love to see Melvin Gordon go to Buffalo.

“I really would. The defense is fantastic. Even if you take him for the rest of this year and then you’re done with him after this year. I love Devin Singletary, he’s been hurt. Frank Gore is Frank Gore. Melvin Gordon would be a huge difference and is exactly the type of player that Sean McDermott wants – run the ball and play defense. That would blow me away.”

As Brandt alluded to, the Los Angeles Chargers running back would add a new dynamic to the Bills’ offense. Though Frank Gore and rookie Devin Singletary have played well this season, Buffalo lacks a difference-maker on offense, a player who can single-handedly take over a game. Though he hasn’t shown it in limited action this season, Gordon fits that bill.

He’s rushed for 3,677 yards throughout his five-year NFL career. The Chargers have also taken advantage of his versatility in the passing game, as he’s tallied at least 400 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons. He’s a well-rounded back who fits into the Bills’ offensive philosophy; he would undoubtedly be impactful should the team bring him to Western New York.

Circumstances beyond Gordon’s control may prevent Buffalo, or any other NFL team, from ultimately pulling the trigger on a trade, however. The 26-year-old is currently in the final year of his rookie deal, set to hit free agency this spring. Though any team would likely negotiate a new deal with Gordon before acquiring his services, his contract demands may be a bit steep for some.

Gordon reportedly wants more than $13 million per year, a substantial price for a player at a position that teams are often hesitant to invest significant money into. Combine this with Gordon’s injury history – he’s only played in all 16 games once in his professional career – and you have a situation that some teams may look to avoid entirely.

The Bills’ backfield has been impactful without a player of Gordon’s caliber this season, as Buffalo is currently ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing offense. The Bills’ front office also feels they have a gem in Devin Singletary, as the 22-year-old’s ability gave general manager Brandon Beane the confidence to move on from LeSean McCoy in the offseason.

But adding talent is never a bad idea.

Gordon would prove to be a useful weapon for quarterback Josh Allen, a player who could make an impact both on the ground and through the air. Money is not an issue for the team, either, as the Bills are set to have more than $85 million in cap space in the 2020 offseason.

Buffalo is widely considered to be a fringe wild-card team, a squad that could sneak into the postseason before faltering in the first round. Perhaps Gordon could be the piece that makes the team a true playoff contender.

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