Incognito's retirement begs question: Should Bills trade up for QB or restock depleted roster?

From ESPN - April 10, 2018

The Buffalo Bills began voluntary offseason workouts Monday with a roster dotted with question marks.

The latest loss came Tuesday when left guard Richie Incognito suggested on Twitter he was retiring and later told The Buffalo News, My liver and kidneys are shutting down. The stress is killing me. It's just about doing what's right. I just want to be in the Hall of Fame."

As a four-time Pro Bowler whose career was stained by a bullying scandal with the Miami Dolphins in 2013, Incognito will face long odds to have his bronze bust in Canton, Ohio.

But since joining Buffalo in 2015, Incognito has been among the teams best players and one of the best guards in the NFL. He has made the Pro Bowl each of his three seasons with the Bills.

Incognitos retirement, barring a change of heart, opens yet another hole the Bills could look to fill in the draft with their bounty of picks -- if they do not package those selections to trade up for a quarterback.

Tuesdays development with Incognito will only intensify debate about how general manager Brandon Beane should approach his first draft in charge.

The Bills own two selections in each of the first, second and third rounds, making them perhaps the drafts biggest power brokers outside of the Cleveland Browns.

But unlike Cleveland, which can pick its quarterback of the future at either No. 1 or No. 4, Buffalo will probably be forced to trade up from No. 12 in the first round if it wants to make one of the top four quarterbacks -- Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen or Baker Mayfield -- its potential franchise cornerstone.

With the division rival Jets already having moved to No. 3 in likely pursuit of a quarterback, the Bills would have to do a deal with the New York Giants for the No. 2 pick should they want some security about selecting their desired quarterback.

Such a deal could cost the Bills a ransom, as Beane has called it, and could strip the club of half or more of its six selections in the first three rounds.


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