Holmes has signed with the Bills, the team's official site reports. The signing was lingering all week and the Bills finally landed the four-year Raider on Saturday. It seems likely the Bills will take a wideout in the first or second round of the upcoming draft in an effort to land a guy to slot in opposite Sammy Watkins as a starting wideout, while such a scenario will leave Holmes and a host of other journeymen or unproven youngsters for the No. 3 and depth wideout spots. The Bills have now added four receivers to the roster this week alone, though Holmes has the size and experience the team might be looking for to fill a mildly important role -- without breaking the bank.
ESPN's Mike Rodak relays that both Holmes and a Bills spokesperson indicated that as of now the wideout has not signed with Bills. ESPN's Dan Graziano previously noted that Holmes was in line to sign a three-year, $4.5 million deal with the Bills, but evidently such a deal has not been finalized. For the time being at least, the 28-year-old wideout remains a free agent.
Holmes signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract with the Bills on Wednesday, Dan Graziano of ESPN.com reports. Holmes has spent the last four years with the Raiders and is coming off a 2016 campaign where he pulled in just 14 receptions for 126 yards and three touchdowns. He'll provide additional depth at the wide receiver position for the Bills and should see more targets in Buffalo's thin receiving corps, although it remains to be seen just how big of a boost in fantasy value he'll have.
Holmes caught four of five targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 37-14 postseason loss to the Texans. Holmes stepped up as the Raiders' No. 2 option in the passing game once Michael Crabtree exited with a concussion and displayed good hands when thrown the ball. His touchdown grab came in garbage time, though, and marked just his fourth score of the season. Set to be an unrestricted free agent in 2017, Holmes could contend for a starting spot if he signs with a receiver-needy franchise in the offseason.
Holmes (shoulder) is listed as active Saturday in Houston. Holmes is far down to the pecking order among Raiders wideouts, as Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Seth Roberts will likely be the apples of third-string QB Connor Cook's eye in the playoff opener. However, Holmes' standing could actually be a benefit if his rapport with Cook is more clear-cut than the trio of established options.
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