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The Buffalo Bills' boldest offseason move came in the 2016 NFL draft

Mike Sando believes drafting Shaq Lawson was Buffalo's boldest offseason move.

The Buffalo Bills didn’t make many bold moves this offseason.

Buffalo was quiet during free agency. Buffalo’s main priority was re-signing left guard Richie Incognito and reaching a long-term deal with left tackle Cordy Glenn. The Bills were successful in keeping their offensive line intact, but the team’s lack of cap space didn’t allow the team to make any splashy or bold moves.

Mike Sando of ESPN wrote a piece on the boldest move each team made this offseason and it wasn’t surprising to see Sando go the draft route for the Bills. According to the ESPN Insider article, Buffalo’s boldest move was selecting Shaq Lawson.

The move: Using a first-round pick on defensive lineman Shaq Lawson

The Bills and every other team knew Lawson's shoulder problems could lead to season-threatening surgery. Buffalo used the 19th pick in the draft on Lawson anyway. General manager Doug Whaley said the team's medical staff signed off on the move. Whaley also said the Bills were comfortable sacrificing a few weeks of Lawson's rookie season in the interests of his longer-term health and productivity. That is how a GM should think, but how will ownership respond if Lawson's rookie season becomes a wash and the defense fails to improve its pass-rush partly as a result?


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