Beasley intends to sign a four-year, $29 million contract with the Bills, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. The Bills have beefed up their wideout corps in a hurry, adding Beasley and John Brown to a group that previously had minimal depth behind Zay Jones and Robert Foster. The team now has four wide receivers who can make a legitimate case for regular snaps, though it's safe to assume Beasley will be signed with a consistent slot role in mind. Dividing playing time outside between Brown, Jones and Foster figures to be the greater challenge, and there won't be a ton of catches to go around unless Josh Allen improves his accuracy.
Beasley indicated Tuesday via his personal Twitter account that he will prioritize utilization over money when evaluating the market for his services this offseason, The Dallas Morning News reports. Beasley suggested that he's open to re-signing with the Cowboys, despite asserting that the team's front office pressures the coaching staff to throw the ball to certain players. He specified that he'd like to see 5-to-8 targets per game instead of three or four, but he passed on an opportunity to place blame on recently fired offensive coordinator Scott Linehan. The 29-year-old seems to be referring to his minimal workload in the playoffs, considering he finished the regular season with his second-best marks for receptions (65), yards (672) and targets (87). The latter number works out to 5.4 per game, landing on the low end of the aforementioned range. Slated to become an unrestricted free agent after playing out the entirety of a four-year, $13.6 million contract, Beasley conceivably could see a few additional targets in a pass-happy offense, but it's hard to imagine any team viewing him as more than a secondary or tertiary option.
Beasley finished the regular season with 65 catches on 87 targets for 672 yards and three touchdowns. After a disappointing 2017, the slot receiver was able to rebound somewhat, although his numbers still didn't make him a particularly appealing fantasy asset. Beasley was in the final year of his contract, and while Jerry Jones is among the most loyal owners in the NFL when it comes to re-signing players, the Cowboys will have bigger priorities in free agency and a new offensive coordinator, so there's no guarantee the 29-year-old will be back in Dallas next season.
Beasley (ankle) is listed as active Saturday against the Rams, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Upon completion of a pregame warmup that included work on resistance cords -- per Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News -- Beasley has been given clearance to play through a high-ankle sprain from the Cowboys' training staff. Beasley handled 41 percent of the offensive snaps in the wild-card victory versus the Seahawks, but it remains to be seen if he can approach that number this weekend. Consequently, fellow wideouts Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup and even Noah Brown are better bets to be on the receiving end of passes from Dak Prescott.
Beasley (ankle) is expected to be active for Saturday's divisional-round game versus the Rams, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports. The Cowboys won't make it official until they release their list of inactives 90 minutes before Saturday's 8:15 PM ET kickoff, but Beasley is poised to play through a high-ankle sprain for a second straight contest.
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