Dallas Cowboys lose Cole Beasley to the Buffalo Bills

For a long time, Cole Beasley has been the most consistent wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys. Now, the 29-year old free agent is headed to Buffalo.

For the past seven years, Cole Beasley has been a staple of the Dallas Cowboys‘ wide receiver corps. When the Cowboys transitioned from veteran quarterback Tony Romo to rookie passer Dak Prescott in 2016, it was Beasley who led the team in receptions with 75 catches for 833 yards and five touchdowns.

Now, the 29-year old is moving on from Dallas. On Tuesday, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Beasley intends to sign with the Buffalo Bills as a free agent. It’s a four-year, $29 million deal according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.

Undrafted out of SMU in 2012, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound Beasley is considered by some to be the best slot receiver in the NFL. Last season, he posted 65 receptions for 672 yards and three scores. Beasley recorded his second highest catch and receiving yard totals in 2018 despite the Cowboys trading for three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Amari Cooper midseason.

With Beasley heading off to Buffalo, the Cowboys are left with a major void to fill along their receiver corps. But Dallas has several options to find his replacement on their own roster. The most likely candidate will be Allen Hurns.

Hurns signed to a two-year deal just last offseason after being released by the Jacksonville Jaguars but posted a disappointing 20 receptions for 295 yards and two touchdowns in his first year in Dallas. Hurns also suffered a major leg injury (dislocated ankle, broken fibula) in the playoffs but is expected to return for training camp.

Other than Allen Hurns, the Dallas Cowboys also have wide receivers like Lance Lenior and Cedric Wilson Jr. who may step up to fill the void left by the exodus of Cole Beasley. And there is certainly a plethora of options in the draft at slot receiver including Andy Isabella out of UMass, Deebo Samuel out of South Carolina, Penny Hart out of Georgia State and Hunter Renfrow out of Clemson.