5 targets for Bills in 2022 NFL free agency

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Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
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The Buffalo Bills need to add a key piece or two in free agency to get to the Super Bowl.

For the last two years now, the Buffalo Bills have been the epitome of close, but no cigar.

Eventually, one would think this team will get over the hump in the AFC and get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since the Jim Kelly/Marv Levy era. Buffalo just has not been able to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the playoffs. Most people not named Tom Brady or Joe Burrow can do that either. As for the 2022 Bills, anything short of getting to the Super Bowl will be viewed as a failure.

Here are five free agents the Bills should look at adding this offseason. Before they do anything of that, they need to cut a few guys, as Buffalo is one of a handful of teams that is over the cap.

Buffalo Bills: 5 players to target in 2022 NFL free agency

Cam Newton. 5. Pick Analysis. Carolina Panthers. player. 87. Scouting Report. QB

Cam Newton played for new Bills offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey in Charlotte

While Josh Allen is the present and future of the Bills franchise, who will be backing him up at quarterback next season? Though Buffalo made a savvy decision to add former Chicago Bears starter Mitchell Trubisky for pennies on the dollar last free agency, there is a chance he could be looking at making more coin somewhere else as a gloried clip holder. Enter Cam Newton for 2022.

Is Newton shot? Pretty much, but he would provide a great deal of value to a Bills team in need of a backup quarterback. His game loosely resembles what the Bills have in Allen. He can run and sort of throw. Though not an accurate passer by any means, Newton is clutch in goal-line situations, can help in the quarterback room and played for new offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey.

And that right there is the biggest reason why Newton to the Bills is not out of the realm of possibility. This is Dorsey’s first stab at being an NFL offensive coordinator. He has huge shoes to fill with Brian Daboll taking over the New York Giants. Buffalo saw attrition with Daboll and Joe Schoen leaving this offseason. By adding Newton, Dorsey gets a player who knows the system.

If the Carolina Panthers are done with Newton, there is a chance he comes back to the AFC East.