The Bills offseason focused, unsurprisingly, around the defense. They drafted heavily on Rex Ryan’s favourite side of the ball. Away from the draft they focused on resigning their key offensive linemen and bringing in weapons for Tyrod Taylor. So which Bills players could be victims of the next talent that has been brought into the team?
EJ Manuel, QB
Manuel was going to backup Tyrod Taylor this year, right up until the Bills drafted Cardale Jones in the 4th round. Jones, who quarterbacked Ohio State to a National Championship in 2014 is a very raw prospect but has a huge amount of potential. He is likely to end up as the #2 quarterback on the Bills depth chart before the season starts in September, meaning EJ Manuel could find himself on the streets when the cut to 53 comes.
Zach Brown, ILB
The Bills stand to save $800,000 on the cap this year if they move Zach Brown, and since drafting Reggie Ragland that seems like a strong possibility. Ragland was a possible first round pick who fell into the second where the Bills gladly moved up to take him. He’s a powerful run stopper and blitzer who isn’t as bad in coverage as many would think. With his time in Alabama including signal calling and effectively quarterbacking the defense he is smart enough to immediately pick up the nuances of the professional game and slide right into the starting line-up after some work in training camp. As such Zach Brown becomes expendable, and every dime of cap room will help when Tyrod Taylor’s contract negotiations heat up.
Jerome Felton, FB
Cutting the veteran full back would save the Bills $350,000 this year, even more if he were to be designated as a post June 1st cut. It would save over $1 million on next years cap number as well. And why could the Bills move on from a full back they signed last year? Well they picked up a Gronkowski. Glenn Gronkowski will be the 4th brother to play in the NFL and while he doesn’t have the potential of Rob he can be a productive fullback. Coming into the team as an undrafted free agent he is costing the team almost nothing on their cap this year and should he prove viable in training camp it’s likely the team will decide to go with the cheaper, younger player than the expensive veteran.