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Buffalo Bills release two more players before first roster cutdown deadline

Marquel Lee, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Marquel Lee, Buffalo Bills (Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports) /

On Sunday, the Buffalo Bills began the process of cutting their roster down ahead of the deadline Tuesday afternoon. In the first round of roster cuts, every NFL team needs to bring their roster down from 90 to 85 by 4 PM.

The Bills entered Tuesday one player over that limit but on Tuesday morning released cornerback Tim Harris and linebacker Marquel Lee to not only get below the 85 but free up one additional spot.

Harris was originally signed as a free agent last offseason but was released right before the start of the season. He returned to the Bills as a member of the practice squad during last season and was signed with a reserve/futures contract after the season.

Marquel Lee is another player who has been with the team for a few offseasons now as he was signed as a free agent last year but also was released before the 2021 season. The Bills would bring the linebacker back in March but he didn’t move up the depth chart and looked to be passed by rookies like Terrel Bernard and Baylon Spector.

Could Tre’Davious White be set to return soon for the Buffalo Bills?

While there wasn’t much in terms of surprises in this round of cuts, it is worth noting that of the six players released, two are cornerbacks with Olaijah Griffin being released in the initial round of cuts and Tim Harris on Tuesday.

This leaves nine players on the 53-man roster that could play cornerback but could also be an indication that Tre’Davious White is close to returning. The former All-Pro cornerback is still on the PUP list and while he is unlikely to play in the preseason, the Bills may want to reduce the number of cornerbacks on the roster to work through practice.

The fact that the Bills did release one more player than needed, could indicate another roster move coming and they needed that extra roster spot if they were to sign a free agent.