When there are just a couple of days before NFL rosters must be trimmed to 53, general managers make a lot of phone calls to see if some capable talent on other rosters can be pried away via trade before a player is available to the entire league on waivers.
Cleveland GM John Dorsey was looking to do just that with Buffalo GM Brandon Beane as the Bills traded OL Wyatt Teller and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Browns in exchange for a fifth and sixth round picks in 2020.
Teller, 24, a former fifth-round pick of the Bills in 2018, started the final seven games of his rookie year at left guard.
The club’s veteran free agent additions this past offseason moved Teller back down the depth chart this spring and summer as he largely lined up with the second unit through training camp and the preseason.
The emergence of other young linemen like Ike Boettger and the recently acquired Ryan Bates, likely made the club more comfortable with the move from a depth perspective.
With the acquisition of fifth and sixth round picks from Cleveland, the Bills now have eight total picks in the 2020 draft with a pair in both the fifth and sixth rounds. They do not have a seventh next spring.