Allbright: Bills are gauging interest in a trade for a top-10 draft pick

February 19, 2018 - 9:39 pm

While the start of the new NFL season is still roughly three weeks away, the search for a franchise quarterback is well underway for the Buffalo Bills.

Once the new league year opens on March 14th, the Bills will have two days to decide whether to pay quarterback Tyrod Taylor a $6 million roster bonus and keep him in the fold for another season at a cap hit of $18.08 million. If the Bills decide to part ways with Taylor, then the team would only have second-year quarterback Nathan Peterman on the roster.

A lot of talk has been surrounding the Bills and their desire to draft a franchise quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft. However, the Bills possess the 21st and 22nd overall picks, which is likely out of range for the top quarterbacks of this year’s class. If the Bills are keen on drafting the likes of a Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield or even a Josh Rosen, they will have to move up in the draft to get their guy.

Luckily for the Bills, they do have some capital to play around with. They have their two picks in the first round of the draft, while also holding onto two second round picks, a third round pick, and their first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft if necessary.

On Saturday, Benjamin Allbright of 1340 AM and 104.7 FM in Denver reported that the Bills are gauging interest from around the NFL about the possibility of moving into the top-10 of the 2018 draft.

Allbright joined Howard Simon on WGR Monday morning to address the Bills’ situation heading into the NFL Draft. He also discussed the Broncos’ search for a quarterback and what they could do with the fifth overall pick.

Here are some of the most notable things he discussed:

On the Bills' trade talks with other teams:

"At this point, it's more exploratory framework. What's it going to take? Are you interested in any of our players? Are there going to be any picks? How do we do that kind of stuff? So they're trying to outline a framework with different teams where they feel they need to move up to, and then have contingency plans. Let's say the player they want falls a couple of spots, and they have a contingency plan with the teams behind them to be able to make sure they don't overpay to get up to the spot they want to."

On the Bills' framework of a possible trade:

"They're doing the smart thing. I'm not saying that there's a deal imminent, as some people seem to suggest, but they are taking the appropriate measures to try and get up into the top-10, and they would presumably be after a quarterback."

On a possible trade with the Colts for the third overall pick:

"The Colts are anxiously trying to move back and multiply picks, so they'll have no shortage of suitors or partners in order to try and trade back. It's not like there's going to be difficulty getting up there."

On other teams looking to make a move up in the NFL Draft:

"Arizona is a team that is trying to figure themselves out. Several teams are calling around and trying to figure out what they're going to do, especially teams outside of the top-six because you've got four teams inside the top-six that could take a quarterback. You've got three or four teams outside that are calling around trying to make sure that they can get up there or what it would take to get up there."

On the Broncos' plan at quarterback:

"They're all in on Kirk Cousins. If that does not work out, the backup plan there would be to hope Case Keenum hits free agency, and they can go out and get Case and then pair him with a draft pick. If Case doesn't [go to free agency>, then you've got A.J. McCarron or a Tyrod Taylor and a draft pick there at five."

You can hear all of Allbright's interview with Howard Simon below:

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