Buffalo Bills Looking to Sign Veteran Free Agent Cornerback
The Buffalo Bills are 2-1 after their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday, 21-19.
The game was played in brutal heat (100 degree index on the field) and the Bills had an array of injuries to contend with.
Micah Hyde, Jordan Poyer, Ed Oliver, Jordan Phillips, Dane Jackson and Mitch Morse all missed week 3, while Dawson Knox, Spencer Brown, Ryan Bates, Christian Benford and Jake Kumerow left due to heat or injury.
On Monday, head coach Sean McDermott confirmed that Benford will have surgery on his broken hand and be out a few weeks. McDermott also said that Kumerow will be week-to-week with a high ankle sprain, while Bates is on concussion protocol and tackle Tommy Doyle will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
The Bills may not have both Jackson and Benford for their week 4 game in Baltimore against the Ravens. As of now, their three top cornerbacks would be Kaiir Elam, Cam Lewis and Ja'Marcus Ingram. They're already down to Jaquan Johnson as a safety the remainder of the season and Damar Hamlin could start again on Sunday.
That's why the Bills are reportedly hosting veteran cornerback Xavier Rhodes on a free agent visit on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old Rhodes spent seven seasons with the Minnesota Vikings and two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts. The multiple-time Pro Bowler was originally drafted by Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, during Frazier's last season as Vikings head coach (2013).
Rhodes excels as a zone corner, so the schematic fit is perfect and he has familiarity with Frazier's defense. It seems like a perfect fit to get the Bills through a few weeks and add depth for the remainder of the season.
We now wait to see if he signs with Buffalo.