The Buffalo Bills may very well trade Cole Beasley before kickoff of next season. If general manager Brandon Beane and company ultimately move the veteran wide receiver, though, it apparently won't be because they didn't want him back in Western New York.
NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported on Friday that though the Bills have given Beasley permission to seek a trade, “no door has been closed” on his potential return to Buffalo.
From NFL Now on @nflnetwork: The #Bills have granted permission for WR Cole Beasley to seek a trade, though GM Brandon Beane told me late yesterday the team would welcome him back and “no door has been closed.” pic.twitter.com/NT3wjx6YZR
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 4, 2022
Beasley reportedly approached the team himself about seeking a trade partner. The 32-year-old matched his career-high—set in 2020—last season with 82 catches, though he failed to stretch the field or find the end zone consistently, finishing with 693 receiving yards and a single touchdown.
Beasley is due $4.9 million next season before becoming a free agent. He signed a four-year, $29 million deal with the Bills in March 2019 after spending the first seven years of his NFL tenure with the Dallas Cowboys.
During his season-ending press conference on January 26th, Beane expressed matter-of-fact optimism about Beasley remaining in Buffalo through the 2022 season.
“Cole, he’s still under contract so we didn’t, I didn’t sit down with Cole at the end and see where he was at or things like that,” he said, per John Boccacino of Buffalo Rumblings. “But I would anticipate Cole being back.”
An outspoken opponent of public-health measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Beasley played last season unvaccinated, missing Buffalo's crucial Week 16 win over the rival New England Patriots after being put on the COVID-19 list.