Mario Williams wasn’t the only Bill to be released on a busy Tuesday afternoon at One Bills Dr. Buffalo also announced that veteran guard Kraig Urbik and fan favorite, RB Anthony (Boobie) Dixon were released as well. Each took to Twitter to thank the Bills for the memories they made in Western New York:
— Kraig Urbik (@kraigurbik) March 1, 2016
Thank You to the Buffalo Bills Organization and to the fans,my time is up,but you will always have a special place in my heart #BillsMafia 💯
— Anthony Dixon (@Boobie24Dixon) March 1, 2016
Urbik of course spent the last six seasons in Buffalo and started in 37 games. This past season however, he saw limited playing time behind Richie Incognito, rookie John Miller as well as Jordan Mills. Parting ways with the 31-year old saves Buffalo $1.775 million in cap space.
As for Dixon, he was always one of the most fun players on the roster and he loved engaging with Bills fans regularly. Unfortunately, once Mike Gillislee emerged as a steady backfield option for Buffalo late in the season, retaining Dixon became unrealistic – outside of special teams purposes. In two seasons in Orchard Park, the 28-year old back accounted for 476 rushing yards and three touchdowns. His release opens up another $1.15 million for the Bills to allocate elsewhere.
Adding Williams’ $12.9 million in savings to the mix means Buffalo saves approximately $15.825 million between today’s cuts. Factoring in the additional $7.5 million they saved on the restructuring of Charles Clay’s contract last week, they’ve freed up about $23.325 million in cap space, but of course $13.7 million of that is allocated to Cordy Glenn who was franchise tagged earlier today. If the Bills’ can work out a new long-term deal with Glenn by the NFL’s July 15 deadline though, they could easily open up some more space.
Buffalo was reportedly “frustrated” this morning with the contract demands of Pro Bowl, guard Richie Incognito and there are some other priorities – such extending CB Stephon Gilmore – that must be attended to as well. That likely means the Bills are no where near done making cuts or restructuring contracts.