Brad Smith came over to the Bills in 2011 from the Jets. This move was by choice. With a new staff in town, Brad Smith has no one to fall back on or vouch for him from the old regime as to why he should be kept.
For the past two seasons, Smith has run, primarily, the wildcat offense for the Bills. I personally hate the wildcat and see no need or use for it in the NFL. Smith does have other talents though. He can throw the ball and also be a receiver.
I predicted in my Pre-training camp roster breakdown, that Smith would be out on the streets. I still feel this way, because I believe that the Buffalo Bills have more talent at the wide receiver position this year without Smith in the mix.
To help his opportunity to make the team though, Smith has taken a pay-cut. Smith’s new deal “provides the Bills with additional salary-cap space and also better reflects Smith’s production over his first two seasons”.
In my eyes, Smith must be close to the rookie salary at this point. I don’t think that his meager production of 37 receptions for 392 yards over the past two seasons and 34 rushing attempts for 203 yards dreams of a major contract in this case.
I believe that even though Smith is strictly focusing on wide receiver this year, the Bills have other talent that can produce for this team in better ways. Pay-cut or not, release him.