By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
64. Cole Beasley – Signed by the Bills in 2019
It must have been difficult for Cole Beasley to leave Texas for upstate New York. After all, he had a lot of football success in the South.
Beasley came out of Little Elm, Texas, to play college football at SMU. He was productive – a total of 173 catches for 2,100 yards in his final two years – but he was small at 5-foot-8. That scared off the pro scouts, and he went undrafted in 2012. But the Dallas Cowboys signed him to a contract.
It took Beasley a little time to find a place in pro football. Once he settled in as a slot receiver, he’s been excellent. Beasley set career highs with 75 catches and 833 yards in 2016. The Bills obviously noticed. When Beasley became a free agent in 2019, Buffalo signed him to a four-year deal worth $29 million.
The veteran didn’t miss a beat in his new home. He caught 67 passes for 778 yards and six touchdowns. A few more seasons like that, and Beasley’s name will rise on this list of impactful free agents.
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