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Bills release tight end Charles Clay

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Tennessee Titans safety Kevin Byard, left, tackles Buffalo Bills tight end Charles Clay during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

The Bills entered the 2019 offseason with a good deal of cap space. On Friday, they gave themselves a bit more with the release of TE Charles Clay.

Clay, 30, was entering the final year of his five-year contract that he signed with the Bills back in 2015 when Buffalo signed him to an offer sheet while he was given the transition player tag by the Miami Dolphins.

The tight end was a reliable weapon his first two seasons with Buffalo, putting together a pair of 50 catch seasons that also included seven touchdowns.

But his production declined slightly in 2017 and then dropped precipitously this past season with a career low 184 yards receiving. The 2018 season marked the first of Clay's eight-year career without a touchdown reception.

The subtraction of Clay by the Bills only increases the likelihood that they will make a new investment in the position going forward knowing that Jason Croom is currently the only tight end under contract on Buffalo's roster for the 2019 campaign.

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