Holmes will be part of an open battle for the starting job across from Sammy Watkins, The Buffalo News reports
Head coach Sean McDermott said he expects his No. 2 wideout to emerge from the players already on the roster, but that assessment could change in a hurry if the Bills select a receiver in the early rounds of the upcoming draft. The current group includes Holmes, Philly Brown, Dez Lewis, Jeremy Butler, Walter Powell and Kolby Listenbee, with only Brown and Butler having recent experience handling major roles in an offense. Holmes did have 693 receiving yards for the Raiders in 2014, but he needed 98 targets to get there in a talent-deficient offense. His role declined drastically after the team added Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, with Holmes catching only 28 passes in 32 games over the past two years. He'll turn 29 before training camp and may have to fight for a roster spot.
Holmes has signed with the Bills, the team's official site reports.
The signing was lingering all week and finally becomes official 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. Such a scenario will leave Holmes and a host of other journeymen or unproven youngsters -- the Bills have now added four receivers to the roster this week alone -- for the No. 3 and depth wideout spots.
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 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 stepped up as the
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