Friday, February 15, 2013

Bills give McGee pink slip, team not done trimming


The Buffalo Bills released veteran cornerback Terrence McGee Thursday in another chop to the team’s aging defensive squad and bloated salary situation.

McGee is the third such cut to the Buffalo squad in three days, as fellow vets Nick Barnett and George Wilson were handed their walking papers Monday. (photo: Matt Britt, Flickr)

Don’t expect the team to stop there, as McGee’s salary is just another small chunk out of a very big number. As noted by Tim Graham of the Buffalo News earlier in the week, the Bills were $20.9 million below the salary cap after the release of Barnett and Wilson. With McGee’s salary factored in (or out), the Bills now have $25.5 million of wiggle room this offseason.

Graham’s story was accompanied by a poll of which player fans thought should be cut before the 2013 season. McGee was third on that list, preceded by defensive end Chris Kelsay and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. Both have higher salaries than McGee — with Kelsay at nearly $6M and Fitzpatrick at $10.45M — and both have been rumored to be on the short list of possible departures for the team before the start of the season.

Expect the team to make a couple more major cuts before free agency officially starts in March, with Kelsay and utility man Brad Smith looking like viable losses.

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