The Bills are trading veteran tight end Lee Smith to the Falcons, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link). Buffalo will get a 2022 late-round selection in the swap.
Smith signed a three-year, $9MM pact with the Bills in May 2019, but that deal was heavily front-loaded. Today’s trade leaves no dead money on Buffalo’s books and will clear $2.25MM in cap space. Smith was due a $250K roster bonus on March 21, as Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic tweets.
Now 33, Smith has caught just 64 passes for 458 yards over his 10-year career. But his blocking ability has allowed him to stick in the pros for as long as he has, and he will now take those skills to Atlanta. He will likely serve as a replacement for Luke Stocker, another veteran TE known more for his blocking prowess than his receiving talents.
Smith joins Hayden Hurst and Jaeden Graham in the Falcons’ TE room. He is due a $1.9MM salary in 2021.
10 comments on “Bills Trade TE Lee Smith To Falcons”
Gonna be a rough year in Atlanta…plzzzz pick a QB at 4 and this is coming from a Matt Ryan fan
Would be a good fit.
Ertz to the bills.
Josh Allen at QB
Trade up and draft Najee Harris
Diggs Beasley Davis as this three WR (can probably pick up a veteran 4th for cheap)
Trade this pick from the Falcons and a 5th round pick for Ertz.
You’ll have a loaded offence, solid defence and a good coaching team.
Why would they draft Harris when they just took Moss and they have Singletary? They have bigger needs than to trade up for Harris
What needs? Singletary is average.
Harris or Ettienne are what is needed for the bills. Singletary and Moss are pretty much the same entity. They need the home run threat out of the backfield.
Biggest pickup of the offseason!
Do you think the Bill’s would want to draft another outside the tackles speed guy from Clemson in the first round? If he’s there in the 3rd round, I m all for it. Buffalo will draft CB and should since both their #2&3 will be gone. Edge rusher/OLB would be next.
And for Pete’s sake why overpay on a TE with a massive recent injury past and on the decline as well. If they wanted a FA TE, it shouldve been Henry but $13 mill for a TE is way too steep especially when you are going to have to pay Allen soon. Go get the best blocking TE in the draft in round 4 or 5 and play Knox. You’re #4 or #5 target isnt that big of a deal. How about mauler to push a DE or LB 8 yards deep into the defensive backfield or a guy to seal the edge? Give me that over a 4 option check down all day.