On this date in 2018, we had a rare transaction in September. On September 25, 2018, the Bills sent an offensive lineman Marshall newhouse at the Panthers. In exchange, Buffalo received a conditional seventh-round pick in 2021.
Newhouse started 31 of 47 games for the Packers in his first three NFL seasons, but by the time 2018 arrived, Newhouse had struggled to hold a steady gig. Still, despite brief stints with the Bengals, Giants and Raiders, the versatile lineman has found a way to stay in the lineup. This included a 2017 campaign where he started each of his 14 games in Oakland.
So while the Bills had some depth on the offensive line, Newhouse’s ability to play both tackle and guard made him a natural target once he was let loose by the Raiders. During the 2018 offseason, Newhouse joined Buffalo on a one-year contract. It seemed that Newhouse had carved out a role for himself after trading in Cordy Glenn and the departure of Seantrel Henderson. However, in the first few weeks of the season, the offensive lineman didn’t do much behind the starters. Dion Dawkins and Jordan mills. So, on that date in 2018, the Bills decided to cut their losses and move on from the veteran, sending him to Carolina.
Carolina also seemed to appreciate Newhouse’s versatility, except that they had an exhausted depth chart and needed the veteran to play. With Daryl williams and Matt Kalil sidelined. the hope was that their acquisition would serve as a reliable backup and replacement behind Taylor moton and Amini Silatolu. Newhouse ended up seeing the field for 11 games (two starts) for his new team, and after seeing the time on just 14 snaps in three games with Buffalo, he played 197 snaps with the Panthers.
The Panthers did not advance to the playoffs and Newhouse decided to leave the organization in 2019 while chasing a ring. He signed with the Saints in the offseason, but didn’t make it into the regular season. He ended up spending much of the 2019 campaign with the Patriots, playing 15 games with nine starts. However, New England were ousted in the first round. Newhouse spent the 2020 campaign with the Titans, having played just four games.
From Buffalo’s perspective, trade was a mixed bag. The positive: the team signed quickly Jeremiah Sirles to take Newhouse’s place on the roster, and he ended up playing just 12 games (with five starts) for Buffalo. The downside: While the Bills ended up receiving that conditional seventh-round pick from the Panthers, they didn’t do much with it. They used the pick on the Texas Tech offensive lineman Jack Anderson, but the rookie ended up being sidelined by the team and landed in his practice squad. He was caught by the Eagles earlier this week.
It’s hard to expect much from a September trade, and looking back, this trade really hasn’t provided much intrigue for either side. Still, you have to thank both teams for slightly shaking their teams up so early in the season.
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