The Bills have been one of the most active teams on the trade market the last three years. They’ve traded for Jerry Hughes, traded back for EJ Manuel in 2013, traded up for Sammy Watkins in 2014, and most recently traded for LeSean McCoy.
Well, the McCoy trade wasn’t enough for the Bills, and they acquired Matt Cassel from the Vikings for picks. This trade isn’t as big of a splash as the McCoy trade, but it has big implications of the Bills.
As everyone knows, it has been years since the Bills have had a viable option at quarterback, and with EJ Manuel trending towards being a bust they still need to address quarterback. Matt Cassel, at 32, is not a franchise QB, but he is probably a better option than Manuel at this point.
Though Cassel may be an upgrade on Manuel it doesn’t mean he isn’t a better option than other quarterbacks on the market. Aside from solid years in 2008 and 2010 Cassel has been average at best. He, like Kyle Orton, aren’t the type of quarterbacks that will win you any big games, but they won’t lose you many either.
Despite his mediocrity, which in Bills QB standards isn’t a bad thing, the front office shouldn’t be done acquiring assets. Mark Sanchez, Jake Locker, and Matt Moore are free agents, and have much better arm talent than Cassel.
With the trade for LeSean McCoy, and the Bills top defense it wouldn’t be surprising if the Bills were comfortable with just going with Cassel or Manuel. However, fans should expect a lot of low scoring games, and nearly 350 carries for McCoy if that is the case.