Bills WR Gabe Davis Preparing To Depart In Free Agency?

Gabe Davis is one of several pending free agents who could depart the Bills at the start of the new league year. While the deep-threat wideout has long been expected to explore the open market, he recently hinted his time in Buffalo has come to an end.

Davis showed immediate promise as a secondary pass-catching option during his first two seasons. He posted nearly identical statlines across 2020 and ’21, totaling 70 catches, 1,148 yards and 13 touchdowns during that span. In the latter campaign, the former fourth-rounder delivered an historic performance in the divisional round of the playoffs with 201 yards and four touchdowns.

Consistency has been an issue for the 24-year-old, though, and he has yet to post a catch percentage above 56.5% in his four-year career. As Buffalo continues to seek out a dependable secondary option to complement Stefon Diggs, Davis has made it clear no extension talks have taken place and that he is therefore on track to reach the open market. He recently posted a video reflecting on his time with the Bills; while it does not confirm he will be heading elsewhere, it can certainly be interpreted as a farewell to the franchise.

Buffalo has Diggs under contract though 2027 (although speculation about his satisfaction regarding his situation and his financial outlook have been a major talking point for some time now). The Bills invested a first-round pick in tight end Dalton Kincaid last April, and he delivered an encouraging rookie season. 2022 fifth-rounder Khalil Shakir also took a substantial step forward in production last season, and he could be in line to operate as the team’s No. 2 wideout if Davis were to depart.

The latter is set to join the likes of Tee HigginsMichael Pittman Jr., Mike Evans, Calvin Ridley and Marquise Brown as free agent wideouts in March (although the franchise tag looms as an option for that list to dwindle between now and the start of the league year). Given Davis’ age and proven ability as a vertical threat, he could very well receive offers the cap-strapped Bills are unable to match. A deal keeping him in Buffalo could still be worked out in the near future, but signs continue to point to a departure this offseason

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