Would Buffalo Bills trade for Kevin White?

NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27: Kevin Byard
NASHVILLE, TN - AUGUST 27: Kevin Byard /

Would Kevin White be a good fit for the Buffalo Bills?

Recently, our companion site NFL mocks released a list highlighting one player that every team should trade for. It featured plenty of fringe players who may be available as the months of summer pass and training camp battles heat up.

One interesting trade featured in the piece was under the Buffalo Bills. NFL mocks had the Bills potentially targeting Kevin White in a trade for a late round pick. George Stockburger writes:

"The Buffalo Bills certainly thought they had a strong plan in place at wide receiver when they purged the position last year. Now those decisions should be questioned. Zay Jones is having some issues off the field, and Kelvin Benjamin is a free agent in 2019."

Outside of them, the team has no proven pass targets for Josh Allen to work with. Kevin White may not seem like the ideal solution, but he’s a former first-round pick with lots of athletic upsides who can likely be had for cheap.

Chicago just loaded up at wide receiver. White’s issue was never ability but whether or not he can stay healthy. A late round flier might be worth the risk.

There is no doubt that at this point of Kevin White’s career, he is no longer in the Chicago Bears long term plans. The team declined his fifth-year option and as mentioned, made massive moves to the wide receiver corps.

It feels as though the Bears plans are now to have Allen Robinson, Taylor Gabriel and Anthony Miller thrive as the future while White washes away as depth.

This proves even more significant when thinking that the team added Javon Wims, who fits a similar profile to White in terms of size, and Bennie Fowler who could get a roster spot due to special teams.

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A wide receiver room that White was supposed to own has since gotten crowded. If White is to have a decent summer and turn some heads in camp or the preseason, the Bears would be crazy not to explore the trade.

Yes, there is the Kyle Fuller argument, and the fact that Miller is a rookie and Robinson is coming off of a severe injury does not support the case to unload White.

However, White has a worse injury history than Fuller, and unlike Fuller, has never proven himself on an NFL field. The Buffalo Bills are likely desperate for any form of receiver help.

Kevin White is essentially a slimmed down version of Kelvin Benjamin with a bigger injury risk. He could come into the Bills roster and have about as much name value as any player there. A motivated White may be able to revive his career with a new change of scenery.

The Bears know what the most likely outcome is for Kevin White in Chicago. After this season White will likely leave via free agency, but sign a deal so insignificant that it hardly affects the compensatory pick equation.

To pick up any sort of value when it comes to draft capital for Kevin White seems like a smart trade at this point. If the Bills are desperate enough to send over that late round flier, the Bears will have to weight their options.

While this is no blockbuster by any means, and it will not shake up the Bills or Bears season projections either, this does feel like a potentially realistic trade idea. Who knows, maybe a conversation involving White and the Buffalo Bills will be had as we get closer to August.