Report: Robert Foster and Jason Croom mentioned in trade talks

Could the wide receiver or tight end be on the move?

According to MMQB's NFL insider Albert Breer, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Robert Foster and tight end Jason Croom are among several players in the league whose names have come up in trade talks with cutdown day looming on Saturday.

Breer wasn’t specific in saying if the Bills were looking to move those players or if other teams have inquired, but Bills general manager Brandon Beane may very well be calling other teams to see if they are willing to give him any compensation before having to release and lose them for nothing.

Given the state of the roster at those positions, both players could be on the outside looking in right now.

It was conventional wisdom going into last season that Foster would be a big part of the offense after posting over 500 yards over the final seven games of 2018. However, something went wrong with that plan and Foster was, strangely, not even a part of the passing game all season long, catching just three passes for 64 yards. He did miss three games early on with a hamstring injury, but 2019 overall was essentially a lost season for Foster, who was active for 13 games, almost exclusively for special teams use.

We saw the talent there in 2018 when he was one of the most productive receivers in the league over the second half of the season. He has the speed to take the top off a defense, and he’s playing on the minimum salary after the team exercised their Exclusive Rights Free Agent option on him in March.

Croom was the Bills’ leading tight end, as far as catches (22) and yards (259), in 2018. He may have been in danger of not making the roster in 2019, but an injury allowed the team to put him on injured reserve and give him another shot in training camp in 2020. A converted wide receiver in college, he offers good athleticism and can be a nice option in the receiving game, but with the competition in front of and around him at the position, it was always an uphill battle for him to make the roster this summer.

All teams must be at the maximum 53-man roster limit by 4 p.m. on Saturday.

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