Buffalo Bills move on from Charles Clay after four disappointing seasons

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The Buffalo Bills made the smart move by releasing Charles Clay after the veteran tight end didn’t do much in his four seasons with the team.

The Buffalo Bills are looking to get younger all over the field and that means underperforming veterans won’t be hanging around for long.

Unless they are named LeSean McCoy and had one, hopefully, outlier season.

The Bills announced today that Charles Clay has been released.

Clay was about to enter his fifth season with the Bills. Instead, he is searching for a job.

Clay played in 54 games with the Bills and had 1,822 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He only finished with 184 yards in 2018 and did not find the end zone once. He nearly had a game-winning catch in Miami, but he couldn’t make the play.

The release brings up an interesting fact about the roster.

The Bills committed to rebuilding and that is why there has been so much turnover. It makes sense when considering the fact the Bills had struggled for so long before finally reaching the postseason again in 2017.

2018 was a tough year for all the pass-catchers on the Bills. Clay appeared in 13 games but only saw 36 targets. His previous low in Buffalo was 74 in 2017.

But other factors come into play such as his ability to get open, so there must have been enough for the front office to decide that it was time to move on.

That leaves a hole at tight end as Jason Croom and Logan Thomas are the only ones who could return. Neither stand out as dominant players, so the Bills may look toward the draft when it comes to improving the tight end position.

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Charles Clay was never a major problem for the Bills. He just wasn’t worth the commitment anymore when he was supposed to be the team’s number one option at tight end.