The Buffalo Bills’ Tyler Thigpen (QB) will settle for a base salary of $1.5 million this season in year two of a three-year contract initiated last summer giving him a well needed chance to survive the cut to meet the NFL’s 53-man roster limit. This also allows the Bills to lower their salary cap number and gave an ease during the final cuts on Friday. Keeping Thigpen around seems a reasonable decision as he would be able to step in as backup since he is more familiar with the Bills’ offense which keeps him on the job in the meantime.
The Bills released twenty-one (21) players on Friday and placed rookie Zebrie Sanders (Offensive Tackle) on the Injured Reserve list. The Bills also cut Dwan Edwards (DT) who signed an $18 million four year contract in 2010 but failed to live up to the team’s expectations. Edwards who started twenty-four (24) games over the duration of two seasons had 109 tackles and 3.5 sacks but that was not enough to save him from the 53-man roster axe. Some of the other players released were Derek Hagan (WR), Kellen Heard (DT), Ruvell Martin (WR), Scott McKillop (LB), Jarron Gilbert (DT), Kamar Aiken (WR), Naaman Roosevelt (WR), Johnny White (RB) amongst others.
Dwan Edwards has since signed with the Panthers after cutting Terrell McClain who General Manager Matt Hurney said he had to let go due to “a lack of consistence plus the fact that we had the opportunity to get a guy like Dwan Edwards.” Only time will tell whether or not all teams will be happy with their waiver and release decisions; and as a new season begins, we the fans shall be watching and expressing our opinions on who should have stayed or cut before the losses pile up.