Fan Mailbag: Trade deadline sparks fan questions

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With the trade deadline less than a week away, and the day after Buffalo's Monday night game against the Patriots, Bills fans had a lot of questions this week about whether the club will be a seller.

We address that below, as well as plans for 2019, Josh Allen's health status, the QB conundrum and the future of the offensive line.

Remember you can always send your questions to me @ChrisBrownBills

1 – From @NateB422: What are the chances the Bills make at least one deal before the deadline?

CB: It appears from reports that LeSean McCoy is a player who is drawing the most interest from outside parties. The key thing to realize here is the Bills are dealing from a position of strength. I don't believe they want to move McCoy, so in order for a team to land him in a trade with Buffalo, they would have to overpay to convince the Bills to part with him.

It's hard to predict what offers come Buffalo's way, but I think in most cases a buyer would have to impress GM Brandon Beane with a proposal for a trade to be consummated.

2 – From @lophus89: How far away are the Bills from contending for a playoff spot in 2019? Or is there an even longer-term rebuild ahead of us? In particular, are players like McCoy and Hughes likely to be part of a 2019 playoff push?

CB: I think making that determination will largely be based on three things.

One, what veterans are kept in the fold for 2019, including the two most important players you listed above (McCoy, Hughes). As mentioned above, I believe it would take an overpay type offer to move on from McCoy.

Two, how quickly Josh Allen develops as a franchise QB.

Three, how effectively the Bills navigate the 2019 draft and free agency.

Buffalo's front office has a lot of cap space to work with and 10 draft choices, it's reasonable to think the Bills could make a playoff push in 2019.

Photos of the Buffalo Bills as the team prepares for their Week 8 Monday Night Football game against the New England Patriots.

3 – From @Eddie_Toscano: What are the expectations for Josh Allen's status going into this week against New England?

CB: Head coach Sean McDermott declared him out for Monday night at the beginning of the week. Nate Peterman to serve as the backup to Derek Anderson.

4 – From @Jknoxville87: Why did we trade AJ away? and for the love of God why is Nathan Peterman still on this team?

CB: McCarron was traded because at the end of the three-man QB competition, he wound up as the number three behind Peterman and Allen.

He left Cincinnati to try and be a starting QB. But based on how the competition unfolded he wound up lower on the depth chart than he was with the Bengals, due in part to the untimely injury he sustained.

In hindsight one could argue that keeping him may have served the team better at the quarterback position, but there is no way to truly know how that would've played out. As we all know hindsight is 20-20.

And I know what you're thinking. How could it have been worse than what we saw on the field in Week 1? I get it. I do. But that decision was made at a time when Nate Peterman had just completed a preseason where he completed better than 80 percent of his passes. His performance said he deserved to be the starter. Why it didn't translate to the regular season is a tough one to figure.

5 – From @sportsguy1028: Will the Bills finally address the offensive line with multiple high draft picks next year?

CB: The Bills only possess their own pick in each of the first three rounds. They have Kansas City's 4th in addition to their own and Oakland's 5th in addition to their own and Carolina's 7th in addition to their own to give them a total of 10 picks in the 2019 draft.

As for using a high pick on an offensive lineman, I would anticipate heavy consideration being given to using one of their day two picks on a lineman. However, it initially appears like round one will be filled with defensive prospects and there are only two offensive tackles that are projected as round one worthy.

Alabama OT Jonah Williams and Ole Miss OT Greg Little. The best interior lineman, who could go late round one is Mississippi State C Elgton Jenkins.

So in all likelihood a day two pick on an offensive lineman seems most likely based on where the Bills are projected to pick, unless of course they trade down, which is a possibility. Though knowing there are some difference-making defensive tackles at the top of the board this year, Buffalo could choose to find their replacement for Kyle Williams and stay wherever they wind up in round one.

Maybe Buffalo tries to land a prized free agent offensive lineman next offseason to help immediately. More and more linemen coming out of college need time to develop with most of them in two-point stances all the time.

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