There’s an under-the-radar trade possibility for the Buffalo Bills that I think the team should seriously explore before the start of the 2022 season.

NFL.com suggested this week that Carolina Panthers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr could be on the trade block.

Marshall, a second-round pick by the Panthers in the 2021 NFL Draft, is a former LSU wide receiver who didn’t have a smooth rookie season in Carolina last season.

As a result, the Panthers may be looking to move on already.

From NFL.com:

This is pure conjecture here; we’ve heard no credible reports the Panthers are shopping Marshall. But it’s hard not to see Matt Rhule’s frustration mounting with the 2021 second-rounder, who has battled a hamstring injury.

Marshall was back in action last week during the Patriots’ joint practices, but he tweaked the hamstring and did not play in the game. “We need Terrace to start practicing,” Rhule said. “We need him to step up.”

A trade might be a bit of a dramatic step to take at this stage, unless the Panthers truly don’t believe Marshall can overcome the health issues that apparently have followed him from LSU to Charlotte. Other Panthers receivers, including Shi Smith and Rashard Higgins, have stepped up in Marshall’s absence. But is it enough to convince GM Scott Fitterer to trade away one of his first Carolina draft picks?

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Aug 21, 2021; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (88) with the ball as Baltimore Ravens defensive back DeShon Elliott (32) defends in the first quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

If the Panthers decide they want to trade Marshall, the Bills should be on the phone.

It’s not that Buffalo needs Marshall — their wide receiver group is fine. But I think he’d be a perfect fit with the Bills and could make their wide receiver group even more dangerous.

Marshall is a lethal down-field threat who has a nose for the end zone (nearly 25 percent of his catches at LSU were touchdowns).

Josh Allen + downfield threat + plus nose for end zone = lots of points for the Bills.

Marshall also has a strong connection to the Buffalo staff — Bills quarterbacks coach Joe Brady was LSU’s passing game coordinator in 2019 when Marshall caught 46 passes for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those numbers may not seem eye-popping, but they’re pretty impressive considering he was playing behind Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase.

Brady was also with Marshall last season in Carolina. They weren’t able to recreate the magic they found together in Baton Rouge, but that likely had more to do with head coach Matt Rhule’s offensive philosophy and meddling with Brady’s game plan.

The Bills currently are set to roll with Jake Kumerow and Isaiah Hodgins as their final two wide receivers (that’s the expectation at least). Marshall would be a big upgrade over either of those two players.

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