The Buffalo Bills are under the roster limit after dropping five more players this afternoon. Teams had until 6 p.m. to
reduce their rosters to 53 players.
The released players:
Quarterback Thad Lewis
Defensive end Jamie Blatnick
Defensive end Izaan Cross
Defensive tackle Torell Troup
Linebacker Bryan Scott
Although Lewis was an interesting sidelight over the past week, Scott and Troup are the most notable cuts of this quintet.
Scott has played 10 NFL seasons as a defensive back and linebacker.
He was a hybrid defender who the Bills hoped would help guard the NFL's new
wave of athletic tight ends such as Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Jimmy
Scott was fifth in tackles last year with 64. His four
interceptions and eight pass breakups each ranked second on the team. He
returned one of his interceptions for the Bills' only defensive touchdown of
the season. He also had two forced fumbles and two recoveries.
Troup will forever remembered as the player the Bills
selected one spot ahead of Gronkowski in the 2010 draft. Troup played 15 games
as a rookie and started two. he played only six games in his second season and zero
Kyle Moore, a surprise performer last year on a disappointing
defensive front, signed a one-year contract Monday with the Chicago Bears.
Moore, despite being inactive the first four games, started
seven straight games in November and December. Moore made 24 tackles, three for losses. He
notched the first three sacks of his career.
Analytics website ProFootballFocus.com rated Moore 25th in pass-rushing
among all 4-3 defensive ends who played at least 25 percent of their teams'
snaps. The site tallied 23 quarterback hurries for Moore, tying him for 30th in the NFL.
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Pro Football Focus tweeted an amazing stat this afternoon.
Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller last season missed one
tackle on 576 passing snaps and one tackle on 339 running snaps. The average
distance downfield that Miller made a tackle was 0.25 yards away from the
line of scrimmage.
Here is a breakdown of the Buffalo Bills' 2013 free-agent class
and what their designations mean.
Unrestricted free agents (13)
Teams have exclusive negotiating rights, but once
free-agency begins, players are free to negotiate with other clubs. Original
team receives no compensation if the player signs elsewhere.
The original team has the option to place a franchise tag on
one unrestricted free agent (a guaranteed one-year salary at the average of the
five highest-paid players at the position or a 20 percent raise, whichever is
greater) or one transition tag (a guaranteed one-year salary at the average of
the 10 highest-paid players at the position).
"Exclusive" franchise tags prohibit the player from negotiating
with other clubs. A team that uses a "nonexclusive" franchise tag on a player and
then declines to match an offer sheet from another club will receive two
first-round draft choices from that team. Transition tags offer no such
• Jairus Byrd, safety
• Tashard Choice, running back
• Tarvaris Jackson, quarterback
• Spencer Johnson, defensive end
• Andy Levitre, left guard
• Ruvell Martin, wide receiver
• Corey McIntyre, fullback
• Leodis McKelvin, cornerback
• Shawne Merriman, defensive end
• Kyle Moore, defensive end
• Chad Rinehart, offensive lineman
• Bryan Scott, linebacker
• Tyler Thigpen, quarterback
Restricted free agents (3)
The player may negotiate with other teams. But if the original
club extends a qualifying offer to the player, then it retains right of first
refusal to match any outside contract offer. There are three types of qualifying
offers, offering different levels of payment and draft compensation if the player leaves.
ERFA's are free agents in name only. They are players with
two years of NFL experience or less and have expiring contracts. They may not
negotiate with other clubs. If they are extended a contract offer, they must accept
or not play at all.
Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.
Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.
Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.