AFC contender could move on in potentially shocking trade

AFC contender could move on in potentially shocking trade

The AFC contender Buffalo Bills could move on from safety Damar Hamlin in a potentially shocking trade that could happen before the 2024 NFL season. According to a source, after losing Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, there could be another change in the Bills secondary. There are rumors that Hamlin could challenge for a spot on the team when all 53 players are locked in before the start of the season. However, the safety hasn’t been productive since returning from a scary injury that nearly left him lifeless.

The trade would be more shocking on paper given that the secondary will be different next season. However, Hamlin’s lack of playing time could have been part of his recovery from his cardiac arrest the previous season. That might be the case, but the Bills have actively taken steps to find replacements for their former safeties. This could signal that Hamlin’s time may be running out in Buffalo, so this appears to be another uphill battle for the Pittsburgh product.

Hamlin took a step back in 2023 after playing in five games for the Bills. The ongoing injuries to the Bills secondary could have been a sign that they weren’t going to risk another scary injury for Hamlin. However, the starting positions may be “up in the air,” but it appears that Taylor Rapp and second-round pick Cole Bishop will be starters. It shouldn’t be a surprise that the team gives them, including Mike Edwards and Cam Lewis, a chance with the top secondary unit.

It would be interesting to know what approach the bills will take for their secondary group. They are receiving a lot of praise this year for adding young defenseman Bishop in this year’s draft. Hamlin could soon find a new home in the NFL.

AFC contender Buffalo Bills could move on from Damar Hamlin in potentially shocking trade

Safety wants to end his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers

The trade seems appropriate knowing Hamlin doesn’t have Buffalo in his long-term plan. Additionally, the Bills could continue to go young and select local players to fit their defense. One interesting thing they could consider is attempting to sign free safety and former Denver Bronco Justin Simmons. This free agent signing could be the missing piece in the Bills secondary after drafting some young pieces to develop.

The Broncos released the veteran safety to free up space, but there are no plans to bring him back. However, Hamlin’s situation continues to be interesting as he is rumored to be on the roster bubble this summer. The Pittsburgh product said it would be a dream to finish his career with the Steelers. He enters his fourth and final season on his rookie contract next year, so he will be free to sign wherever he wishes.

Hamlin’s deep connection and roots to Pittsburgh didn’t make him hesitant about wanting to make a return one day. He was the favorite to win Comeback Player of the Year and now he could be one of the favorites for teams looking to request a trade this season.

Team swap suits Hamlin

The Pittsburgh product could stay in the AFC to team up with Marlon Humphrey in the secondary for the Baltimore Ravens. They have a deep roster, so adding Hamlin to give him playing time could reveal what he could bring to the court. However, the Bills were generous to the Chiefs in this year’s draft so they could trade Hamlin there.

The Chiefs traded L’Jarius Sneed to the Titans this free agency, so they need a new face to develop in their secondary. Hamlin is not the final answer but it is a step in strengthening the defense. One final adjustment that makes sense is the New Orleans Saints. Tyrann Mathieu could help Hamlin boost his career by teaming up with him to shut down the NFC.