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3 players who could increase cap space if cut

As the 2023 offseason begins, the Buffalo Bills are in a somewhat difficult position. They’re not in the worst position comparatively, but there are plenty of teams ahead of Buffalo when it comes to cap space.

For now, the Bills will start league year 2023 about $5 million to $8 million above the salary cap. That doesn’t give the team much flexibility considering they have some important requirements to meet.

Buffalo has clear needs on the offensive line and especially on the wide receiver and needs to get younger and more explosive there.

If they have flexibility at hand to sign a potential starter in a pinch position, the Bills could consider parting with one of the handful of players to save against the cap.

Players Who Could Knock Out the Buffalo Bills to Make More Cap Space: DB Siran Neal

The Bills rarely use defenseman Siran Neal on defense, as evidenced by Neal, who played in just 6 percent of all defensive snaps in 2022. However, he’s a regular fixture on special teams, playing 77 percent of snaps in that space.

Still, the Bills could choose to cut Neal and save $2.2 million in the process. Neal made 19 tackles all of last season, and the Bills were able to use the money they saved from cutting him to pick another position like the offensive line. Combining the savings from cutting Neal with one or two other players could earn the Bills an upfront starter.

For a player who doesn’t have much leverage on defense and only plays on special teams, the Bills should seriously consider saving the money and dropping the 2018 fifth-round pick.

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