If the Buffalo Bills plan to explore the trade market to help their depleted wide receiver corps, they have until 4 p.m. Tuesday to swing a deal.
Coach Rex Ryan said Monday that the likelihood of a trade is low – but that won't stop them from trying.
“I can guarantee you one thing: We’ll look,” Ryan said. “If there’s a way we think we can help our team, we will.”
The NFL trade deadline, of course, is nothing like that in other sports. New England sending linebacker Jamie Collins to Cleveland for a conditional draft pick on Monday qualifies as a blockbuster.
“Hey, that’s pretty big for the NFL to get one or two trades,” Ryan said. “Really. That’s what makes this so different from hockey and different things like that ... (the trade market) just doesn’t seem to move. You think, ‘hey, there’s talk that it could;’ I just don’t necessarily see it.”
The Bills could certainly use help at wide receiver. Sammy Watkins and Greg Salas are on injured reserve, Marquise Goodwin and Brandon Tate are in concussion protocol, and Robert Woods is less than 100 percent with a foot injury that recently had him in a walking boot. Only the 49ers average fewer passing yards per game.
If the Bills aren’t able to complete a trade for a wide receiver, one possibility is to activate sixth-round pick Kolby Listenbee (hernia) from the reserve/non-football injury list. Listenbee, who was also a Division I sprinter in college, tweeted after Sunday’s loss that he’s “Ready to make plays downfield … It's needed.” He followed that up Monday by tweeting, “Just waiting for God to give me that 'Go,'” along with a picture of himself in a Bills jersey.
Ryan, however, said he didn’t foresee Listenbee playing this week.
“I think we’re itching to have him out there – if he’s healthy. I don’t see that happening,” Ryan said. “I definitely don’t see it happening this week.”
Listenbee told The News in mid-October that he's still experiencing pain in his midsection.
Another possibility for the Bills would be to bring up a receiver from the practice squad. Those options are Dez Lewis, Ed Eagen, Corey Washington and Mose Frazier. Eagen appeared to be in line to play last week, getting promoted to the 53-man roster on Tuesday, but he was released on Friday.
The Bills re-signed Eagen and tight end Manasseh Garner to the practice squad Monday.