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Cole Beasley appears to be the first Dallas Cowboys unrestricted free agent to find a new home.
Beasley will join the Buffalo Bills on a four-year, $29 million contract, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
The deal averages $7.25 million a year with $14.4 million guaranteed.
Beasley tweeted confirmation of the move.
“I’ll always love #cowboysnation and I appreciate the time we have had together,” he wrote Tuesday afternoon. “Thanks to the jones family for giving me a shot. Excited for this new journey. Can’t wait to get started in Buffalo. Let’s go! #Bills Mafia”
Beasley heads to Buffalo after seven years in Dallas as a reliable underneath target. He caught 319 passes for 3,271 yards and 23 touchdowns with the Cowboys. His best year was 2016, when he and then-rookie Dak Prescott developed rapport to the tune of 75 catches, 833 yards and five scores. Beasley caught 76.5 percent of his targets that season.
Beasley averaged $3.375 million across the last two seasons. As a free agent, the undrafted product out of SMU sought more money and more opportunities than the Cowboys’ run-heavy offensive scheme provided.
“Everybody telling me what I’m worth,” Beasley tweeted. “Let’s just wait and see.”
He added: “ ‘Slot WRs’ just grow on trees apparently.”
The Bills agreed to terms with several unrestricted free agents, per reports, during the NFL’s legal tampering period this week.
Kansas City Chiefs center Mitch Morse, Cincinnati Bengals tight end Tyler Kroft and Miami Dolphins running back Frank Gore are among the offensive weapons reportedly set to join Beasley on the move. News of Baltimore Ravens wide receiver John Brown heading to Buffalo came just before Beasley’s move, as well. All should further support quarterback Josh Allen, the seventh overall pick in 2018.
Buffalo finished 6-10 in 2018. The franchise hasn’t posted double-digit wins in a season since 1999.
Allen completed just 52.8 percent of passes for 2,074 yards, 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in 11 starts.
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