The Buffalo Bills have looked like they decided on a once-coveted defensive piece on their roster. Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, cornerback Kaiir Elam has acquired interest from other teams as a potential trade target.
Elam, a former first-round pick, was inactive Thursday, while Uche is in the final year of his rookie deal. pic.twitter.com/Ew9wTlawiI
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 28, 2023
Elam, the 23rd overall pick in the 2022 NFL draft, was inactive for Thursday Night Football (TNF) in Week 8. The Florida product has been made inactive (coach’s decision) five times in eight games this season. Buffalo signed longtime veteran Josh Norman earlier this month and activated him to the active roster on Thursday. Elam has ten tackles and no interceptions in three games this season.
Buffalo Bills Cornerback Kaiir Elam: Regular Inactive Despite First-Round Pedigree
Kaiir Elam played a ton as a rookie last season, snagging two interceptions and tallying 41 tackles in 13 games. However, Elam has taken a backseat in 2023, playing in just three games this season. Oddly enough, the cornerback has had a more significant snap share this season, but being inactive has crushed his production. Despite losing star cornerback Tre’Davious White to a season-ending injury, the Bills have turned to a bevy of other corners to fill the void. Elam is a prime trade candidate, as he has been fazed out of the Buffalo game plan.
Kaiir Elam: Potential Suitors
Plenty of teams, contender or not, could take a flyer on Elam in hopes he can revert to his first-round potential. The Arizona Cardinals would be a good fit, as their secondary has struggled this season. They have allowed 11 passing touchdowns this season, and they have had just one interception from a cornerback.
The Jacksonville Jaguars would also be a solid fit for Elam. Jacksonville has surrendered nearly 2,000 passing yards this season, the second-highest mark in the NFL. Outside 30-year-old corner Darrious Williams, the cornerback room needs more production.