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Free agency focus: What to do with WR Justin Hunter

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.

Position: Wide receiver. Age: 25. 2016 stats: 12 games (5 starts), 10 catches, 189 yards, 4 touchdowns.

Working in his favor: Hunter proved to be a threat in the red zone in 2016, grabbing four touchdown passes. At 6-foot-4, his height serves as a mismatch against defensive backs. Hunter has bounced around since coming into the NFL as a second-round draft pick, but there is reason to believe he might just be finding himself as a professional.

Working against him: Outside of the touchdown catches, the production last season was less than impressive. He never topped more than two catches in a game. It's doubtful that Hunter will find a better opportunity than the one he had in Buffalo last season with all the injuries at wide receiver, yet he didn't do much with it.

Verdict: The Bills have only three receivers signed for 2017, so if Hunter is willing to come back on a cheap contract to compete for a roster spot in training camp, that would be fine. If he expects a multi-year contract or more than a veteran-minimum salary, the Bills shouldn't sweat letting him go.


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