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Bills acquire WR Corey Coleman in trade with Cleveland


The Bills made a significant move concerning their wide receiving corps Sunday. Buffalo has agreed to terms on a trade with the Cleveland Browns to acquire WR Corey Coleman.

The former first-round pick of the Browns was acquired by the Bills for an undisclosed future draft pick.

For his career, Coleman has 56 receptions for just over 700 yards and five touchdowns.

Coleman, 24, has had each of his first two NFL seasons cut short by a broken hand. In his rookie season he broke his hand during a practice and missed six games. In 2017, he broke the same hand, which curtailed his production in his second NFL campaign and required surgery.

Entering the third year of his four-year rookie contract, Coleman recently told that he knew the 2018 season would have to be an important one for him.

"It's time to take a big step," Coleman said as Browns camp opened. "I feel like it's important."

Now Coleman will need to take that step with the Bills, where he will need to get acclimated to Buffalo's offense in short order.

Coleman vaulted to the top of the 2016 NFL draft due to an ultra-productive college career at Baylor that saw him win the Biletnikoff award his senior season. That season he rolled up 74 receptions for 1,363 yards and an eye-popping 20 touchdowns.

For GM Brandon Beane it's the second time in just under a year in which he acquired a wide receiver who was a former first-round pick. At the midseason mark last year he acquired Kelvin Benjamin from Carolina.

To make room on the roster for Coleman, the Bills released WR Quan Bray.