When Buffalo's three-man quarterback competition was first announced last spring by head coach Rex Ryan most prognosticators thought the veteran Matt Cassel would win the job over a pair of unproven and less experienced quarterbacks in Tyrod Taylor and EJ Manuel. Things turned out a whole lot different with the regular season fast approaching as Cassel was one of five players released by Buffalo Saturday.
In an effort to get down to the 53-player roster limit deadline at 4 pm Saturday, Buffalo parted with the veteran quarterback after acquiring him in a trade with Minnesota this past offseason. Releasing Cassel does save the Bills money on their salary cap, which many outside observers believe will go toward investing in some of their younger core players whose contracts are up after the 2015 season. Chief among those players is Pro Bowl DT Marcell Dareus.
The four other players Buffalo released to reach the 53-player limit were:
DT Red Bryant
C Dalton Freeman
S Jonathan Meeks
LB Kevin Reddick