According to Ian Rapoport of ESPN, the Bills have released long-time cornerback Leodis McKelvin after eight seasons in Buffalo.
The #Bills are releasing CB Leodis McKelvin, source said. No restructure. Will be an interesting free agent.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 4, 2016
McKelvin was set to make $4.9 million once the new league year arrived on March 9. Instead, his release frees up another $3.9 million in cap space for Buffalo, who still owes the former first round pick a $1,000,000 signing bonus he was set to make this season.
Buffalo selected McKelvin as the 11th overall pick in the 2008 draft, out of Troy. He started 60 games in a Bills uniform over his eight-year career and just this past season provided the secondary with some much needed depth, playing safety and corner upon his return from a broken ankle. The defensive back recorded 308 tackles and 13 interceptions during his Bills tenure, and also finishes second all-time in kick return yards behind only Terrance McGee. His 1,021 punt return yards is also third all-time in franchise history.
Throughout his time in Buffalo, McKelvin has been part of his fair share of highs and lows, one of the most memorable lows coming against the Patriots on Monday Night Football in 2009. In that game he fumbled a late fourth quarter kick return over to New England, who then went on to score 12 unanswered points and down the Bills 25-24.
McKelvin’s release comes just one day after the team announced they had restructured S Corey Graham’s contract, to which the details are unknown at this point.
Factoring in these two most recent roster moves for Buffalo, they’ve now opened up over $25 million in cap space for themselves. Some major priorities of theirs still include getting a deal done with unrestricted free agent, G Richie Incognito and possibly ironing out extensions for Tyrod Taylor and Stephon Gilmore.