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Bills release often-injured former Pro Bowler Terrence McGee

By Tim Graham

McGeeMugThe Buffalo Bills continued to shed veteran defensive players today.

Three days after releasing linebacker Nick Barnett and safety George Wilson, they Bills cut cornerback Terrence McGee.

"Terrence has been a contributor to the Bills organization for 10 years and we thank him for his efforts on the field and off," Bills General Manager Buddy Nix said in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck in the future."

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Hits and whiffs: The best and worst Buffalo Bills tacklers

By Tim Graham

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.

With that in mind, I wanted to see who the Buffalo Bills' most efficient tacklers were in PFF's play-by-play review.

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Poll: Who should be cut to clear Buffalo Bills salary-cap space?

By Tim Graham

Which Buffalo Bills players would you dump to clear more room under the salary cap for 2013?

Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan cast a spotlight on the Bills' salary-cap situation in today's paper and listed the top dozen cap figures for the upcoming season.

Gaughan reported Buffalo's decision to lop linebacker Nick Barnett and safety George Wilson from the roster puts it $20.9 million under the NFL's projected $121 million cap.

Factor in how much the Bills will need to spend on their draft class and to retain players such as safety Jairus Byrd, and the Bills don't have much wiggle room to re-sign left guard Andy Levitre or bring aboard noteworthy free-agent help.

So take a look at the Bills' top 12 cap figures and vote for the one player you'd most want to dump.

Why it's important Bills clear room for some of Mike Pettine's Jets

By Tim Graham

When Rex Ryan left the Baltimore Ravens to become head coach of the New York Jets in 2009 and Mike Pettine came along as defensive coordinator, a significant part of their master plan was to sign former Raven defenders who could communicate the system to their new teammates.

The top two targets were linebacker Bart Scott and safety Jim Leonhard, who speak the same language Ryan and Pettine do. Scott and Leonhard made the on-field calls and explained the adjustments.

The Jets' defense thrived right away.

A similar transition could be in the works for the Buffalo Bills. A few weeks after hiring Pettine to be their defensive coordinator, the Bills today released linebacker Nick Barnett and safety George Wilson.

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Bills GM Buddy Nix comments on George Wilson, Nick Barnett

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills have distributed a statement from General Manager Buddy Nix about the release of linebacker Nick Barnett and safety George Wilson:

"Moves like the ones we've made today are never easy, but we have to do what's best for our team and keep moving forward. We've got some good young players on our roster who we feel are ready to take the next step and they will now have the opportunity to do so. We thank both Nick and George for everything they’ve given the Bills organization and wish them nothing but the best for the future."

Nick Barnett tweets he's done in Buffalo; Hello, Bart Scott?

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills might be on the verge of a defensive purge.

Moments after learning they were releasing safety, captain and NFL Players Association representative George Wilson, weak-side linebacker Nick Barnett tweeted that he's also getting cut.

Barnett led the Bills with 112 tackles. He had two sacks and three forced fumbles.

The moves likely are clearing space for players new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine would like to add. Pettine previously was New York Jets defensive coordinator, and some of their players are about to hit the market.

Safety LaRon Landry will be a free agent, and the Jets reportedly will release linebacker Bart Scott, a Pettine favorite, who played the weak-side role.

Kirk Morrison wants to return to Bills, prove what he can do

By Tim Graham

NEW ORLEANS -- Kirk Morrison couldn't get on the field for an historically bad defense that was considered thin at linebacker.

"My knowledge of the game, how many consecutive games I've started over my career," Morrison said, "not to get a start or play significant time was frustrating."

Morrison signed a two-year contract with the Bills in 2011 after starting all but one game in his previous six seasons for the Oakland Raiders, where he was a captain, and Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

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.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

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.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

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.

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