Bills, WR Cole Beasley on ‘identical web page’ with expectations

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Vast receiver Cole Beasley stated that there are some issues he wished he would have performed in another way in his first stint with the Buffalo Bills and that he talked with Bills coach Sean McDermott and basic supervisor Brandon Beane to deal with any lingering points earlier than rejoining the workforce.

“The last two years were difficult on everybody,” Beasley stated Wednesday. “I don’t really want to go into all of the things we talked about, me and Brandon and Coach McDermott, but there needed to be some conversations there that we needed to have. I’m just happy that we all could that as men and talk about it and resolve issues.”

Beasley, 33, got here out of retirement to signal to the Bills apply squad Tuesday after initially reaching out to Beane proper after Thanksgiving about the potential for returning to the workforce regardless of tweeting in early November, “You and me both” to a fan that stated they had been glad he isn’t in Buffalo. His three-year tenure in Buffalo (2019-2021) got here to an finish after the 11-year veteran vast receiver requested a commerce in early March and was in the end launched, a transfer that saved the Bills over $6 million in cap area.

Earlier than bringing him again to the workforce, the Bills had in depth conversations all through the constructing on his match, as they’d with any participant that’s introduced in. Beane stated it’s not unrealistic that he may play Saturday evening at house in opposition to the Miami Dolphins.

Beasley missed one recreation final season after testing optimistic for COVID-19 whereas being unvaccinated. The vast receiver was outspoken on social media about his ideas on the NFL/NFLPA’s COVID-19 insurance policies, together with beforehand threatening to retire over it and discussing the difficulty with followers.

“I loved the fan base here. There were some times last year where I would get some stuff from people and it would be a little frustrating just because, before it wasn’t like that,” Beasley stated. “So, it was a change. Nobody’s perfect. I didn’t handle everything how I wanted to and a lot of that was a big reason I wanted to come back as well. It’s really the internet world because outside of that there was nothing negative for the most part.”

Through the 2021 season, he determined to delete his Twitter account after labeling it a distraction. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Beasley was fined a number of instances for COVID-19 protocol violations.

In November, Beasley tweeted that he did not imagine Brooklyn Nets basketball participant Kyrie Irving must be suspended for tweeting a couple of film containing antisemitic content material and, in a since deleted tweet, stated he will not miss that a part of skilled sports activities.

“We talked about some things on the fringes without getting into our conversation, but I think Cole deep down is a good person and whether you agree with his views or not, at the core, he’s a good person,” Beane stated. “And even throughout his tenure here, even though everything wasn’t perfect, he was never a malicious person, anything like that. It was just his way of communicating, and, so, we got on the same page of what we would want it to be with him here and … he saw it the same way.”

Beasley stated that there had been free agent alternatives earlier than he signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September, however that there weren’t ones he wished and that he was slightly bit shocked within the quantity of curiosity. He solely performed in two video games for the Buccaneers with 4 catches for 17 yards. Beasley stated Tampa wasn’t the scenario he thought it was going to be.

Vast receiver Jamison Crowder (damaged ankle) was supposed to assist the Bills fill a few of what Beasley did for the workforce and cut up the slot receiver position with Isaiah McKenzie, however Crowder has been on injured reserve since early October. Vast receiver Jake Kumerow (ankle) can also be on injured reserve.

“You look to add players that you think can help your football team so that’s the situation here,” McDermott stated. “I think Isaiah has done some good things, Crowder before that did some nice things also, and we’re seeing if we can improve some of what we’re doing offensively in this case.”

Signing Beasley, nevertheless, is separate from the workforce’s resolution on probably including free agent vast receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who visited the workforce in between visits to the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys earlier this month.

“It doesn’t mean that we will or wouldn’t do it,” Beane stated. “I think right now his timeline has moved back a little bit and making sure that he’s truly ready to roll, and so right now, we’re just kind of focused on the guys we got but wouldn’t rule out if it made sense further down the road.”