Marquez Valdes-Scantling Finds New Home With AFC Contender

Marquez Valdes-Scantling agreed to a one-year deal with the Bills in free agency
Marquez Valdes-Scantling agreed to a one-year deal with the Bills in free agency / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

One former Chiefs WR has finally found a new home, as Marquez Valdes-Scantling reportedly agreed to a one-year contract worth up to $4.5 million with the Buffalo Bills.

Valdes-Scantling visited Buffalo on Monday and joins a receiving core in need of experience. The Bills drafted Keon Coleman to start the second round of the NFL Draft and signed Curtis Samuel in free agency, though traded Stefon Diggs to the Texans during the offseason and declined to extend Gabe Davis.

That means Valdes-Scantling, Coleman, Samuel and Khalil Shakir will lead Buffalo's wide receivers, though Dalton Kincaid and Dawson Knox are capable receiving options at tight end as well.

Former Chiefs' WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling Signs with Bills

Valdes-Scantling spent two seasons with the Chiefs after playing for the Packers to begin his career. He caught 42 passes for 687 yards and a pair of TDs in 2022, though struggled in 2023 while posting just 315 receiving yards and one score.

The deep threat came up big when it mattered, catching eight of 12 targets in the playoffs for 128 yards and a TD in the Super Bowl. Perhaps his finest moment came in the 2022 AFC Championship game, when he caught six passes for 116 yards and a TD to beat the Bengals as the Chiefs suffered a plethora of injuries.

This season was full of disappointment but still ended in a Super Bowl championship for Valdes-Scantling and now he joins a contender, albeit one the Chiefs have owned in recent years. Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City have three straight playoff wins over Josh Allen and Buffalo, and I don't see the tides turning in this rivalry anytime soon.

Nonetheless, I'm happy to see Valdes-Scantling catch on with a competitive team. He brings much-needed speed to the Bills' pass-catching group, and he'll get to face the Chiefs at some point during the regular season.

While the end of Valdes-Scantling's tenure didn't go as planned, he's still a playoff hero who helped bring a pair of rings to Kansas City. He'll go down a legend in my book, though I'm hoping Trent McDuffie and the Chiefs' secondary shuts him down when these teams eventually square off.

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