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Buffalo Bills trade Eli Harold for rookie OL Ryan Bates

The Buffalo Bills have traded defensive end Eli Harold to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for offensive lineman Ryan Bates, the team reports. The Bills dealt from a position of strength, where they have five or six roster-worthy defensive ends, to address offensive line depth, an area that’s been challenged with a host of injuries throughout training camp.

Harold, 25, had signed a one year, $895,000 contract with the Bills a few weeks before the 2019 NFL Draft. Once training camp sorted out the depth chart, it became increasingly clear that Harold wouldn’t be able to make the active roster.