Bills sign WR Holmes… for real

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HOUSTON, TX – JANUARY 07: Andre Holmes #18 of the Oakland Raiders catches a pass against the Houston Texans in their AFC Wild Card game at NRG Stadium on January 7, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

The Bills have added Andre Holmes and’s Ian Rapoport reported it perfectly. 

“For real this time.”

On Wednesday, it was reported Holmes and the Bills had agreed on a new contract. However, Holmes tweeted soon after that was not true. 

Turns out the Bills submitted an offer to Holmes that was, as required, sent in to the NFLPA. Somehow, it was misinterpreted as a done deal. 

It’s really done now for three years and $6.5 million dollars according to Rapoport. Holmes confirmed the deal, more or less, himself. 


Holmes is 6-4 and Justin Hunter proved last year what a tall target can do in the red zone with Tyrod Taylor can do in the red zone. 

He’s also a special teamer. With Marcus Easley no longer a Bills possibility, this part of the Holmes package can’t be overlooked. 

Holmes caught 47 passes in 2014 (including a 50-yarder in the fourth quarter that buried the playoff chances for the final Doug Marrone Bills team), but only 28 combined the last two years. 

Sure, the Raiders have Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper, but the immortal Seth Roberts had twice as many catches and receptions as Holmes the last two years. 

The Bills are starved for WR depth, so Holmes can’t hurt. If he only has to be the 2017 version of Justin Hunter, it’s a solid move. 

However, you have to wonder as the Raiders passing offense took off, why did Holmes became less involved?

It’s a low level reclamation signing that could take off. The Bills have made a few of these already this offseason, so one or two are bound to hit. 

If it’s Holmes, then Taylor just got himself one heckuva new weapon. 

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