Unrestricted free agency opens in the NFL with the start of the new league year on March 9. With 22 players set to hit the open market, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of decisions to make between now and then. The Buffalo News will take a look at each player with an expiring contract, and offer a verdict on what the team should do. Next: Jerome Felton.
Position: Wide receiver. Age: 26. 2016 stats: 15 games (nine starts), 29 catches, 431 yards, three touchdowns.
Working in his favor: Goodwin has track-star speed that can change games. His long touchdowns against the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins in 2016 were beauties. He also took a step forward in being more than just a deep threat, while also managing to play in all but one game – a huge accomplishment for a player who had managed to play in just 12 games the previous two seasons.
Working against him: Goodwin suffered a pair of concussions in 2016, and will need another season or two of full participation before shaking the "injury prone" label. While his 2016 stats are career bests, they're still pedestrian when it comes to today's NFL. Even without Sammy Watkins for half the season and Robert Woods at different times, Goodwin was far from a consistent worry for defenses.
Verdict: As the fourth or fifth receiver on an offense, Goodwin is fine – just don't ask him to do much more than that. If the Bills want to bring him back for depth on a contract near the veteran minimum, that's fine. The thinking here is that some team will fall in love with Goodwin's speed and offer more than that. If that happens, the Bills should let him go, even though they need to add numbers at the position.