5 players the Buffalo Bills could release to create cap space

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Star Lotulelei

Cap Savings: $1,526,470

Dead Cap: $7,700,000

The final player that could be released is defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, who has been with the Buffalo Bills since 2018. He would play every regular season game his first two years with the team before opting out of the 2020 season due to the pandemic.

This past year, Lotulelei returned but struggled to stay on the field and dealt with a number of injuries. He would also be surpassed on the depth chart by Harrison Phillips in the second half of the year.

In terms of production, it would make sense for the Buffalo Bills to release Lotulelei as he will turn 33 this upcoming season and is coming off a down year. However, similar to offensive guard the team has a number of free agents at the position with Phillips being joined by Vernon Butler and Justin Zimmer.

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The other issue is that the cap savings is minimal when compared to how much dead cap the Buffalo Bills would take on. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Buffalo Bills wait to make a decision on Star Lotulelei and see how he looks during training camp and the regular season.