Marcus Stroud’s three-year run with the Buffalo Bills ended Wednesday when the team released the veteran defensive end.
This wasn't a big surprise. Stroud, 32, was part of a defensive line that contributed to the Bills finishing last in the NFL against the run. The fact that he’s a declining player and the Bills' desire to give more playing time to second-year defensive end Alex Carrington made Stroud expendable.
Money was a factor as well. Stroud was due to make $4.5 million in base salary the upcoming season as part of a two-year, $16.5 million contract extension he signed in 2009. He was signed through 2012.
Stroud, 32, came to Buffalo in 2008 via a highly publicized trade with the Jacksonville Jaguars, where he was a first-round draft pick in 2001 and a three-time Pro Bowl player. He started 45 of 46 games for the Bills and registered 7.5 sacks and 17 pass deflections.
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