Popular Buffalo Bills Player Could Be Cut This Spring
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott have their work cut out for them this offseason. They have plenty of roster retooling to do, and many unrestricted free agents to try and re-sign.
The Bills have 15 unrestricted free agents, and almost no cap room heading into free agency.
The unrestricted free agents include:
- Mitchell Trubisky
- Taiwan Jones
- Matt Breida
- Emmanuel Sanders
- Isaiah McKenzie
- Jake Kumerow
- Ike Boettger
- Bobby Hart
- Jerry Hughes
- Mario Addison
- Efe Obada
- Harrison Phillips
- Vernon Butler
- Siran Neal
- Levi Wallace
The Bills also have two restricted free agents -- Justin Zimmer and Ryan Bates.
It's pretty interesting that former assistant general manager Joe Schoen, who is now the general manager of the New York Giants, said recently that they (the Bills) were going to have money "over there," implying the Bills would have enough cap space to make moves in free agency.
How would the Bills create enough cap space to sign free agents to help them reach the Super Bowl in 2023?
There are two ways to create cap space: restructuring current contracts and releasing players who are currently under contract.
You may have heard the term, "cap casualties." Those are players who are cut from a roster, to save money for the salary cap. They're typically done with veterans, who may be deemed expendable.
It's almost a certain the Bills will try and restructure contracts this spring/summer, but releasing players is also something that will likely happen.
One of the players who could certainly be a cap casualty is wide receiver, Cole Beasley.
Beasley carries a 2022 cap hit of $7.6 million, and the interesting thing, is that Beasley's dead cap hit goes down to just $1.5 million in 2022. That means there's little penalty, financially, to release him in the final year of his contract.
Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and linebacker A.J. Klein are also prime candidates for "cap casualties."
Beasley signed with the Bills in 2019 and was an important piece in the Bills offense in 2019 and 2020; he provided a safety blanket for Josh Allen.
However, Beasley's role was diminished in 2021; even though he caught 78 passes, he was not a threat to run routes past the sticks. The 32-year-old wide receiver turns 33 in April and his veteran leadership was a reason he was brought in for Allen.
Now, that Allen has ascended into the top two or three quarterbacks in the NFL, and the fact the Bills need cap space to make offseason improvements to positions like cornerback, offensive line, defensive line, running back and wide receiver, it's a real scenario to face that he's released for cap purposes.
Beasley made headlines in 2021 with his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine, including tweets that made the rounds, defending is stance on the vaccine. Beasley was notably not vaccinated during the season.
Would you be okay if the Bills released Beasley to make cap room, or would be be against it? Which free agency wide receiver would you want for the Bills next season?