Going into the 2023 offseason, the Buffalo Bills are in somewhat of a tough spot. They aren’t in the worst position comparatively, but there are a lot of teams ahead of Buffalo when it comes to cap space.
At the moment, the Bills will be starting the 2023 league year roughly $5-$8 million over the salary cap. That doesn’t give the team a whole lot of flexibility, considering they have some major needs to address.
Buffalo has clear needs across the offensive line and wide receiver, specifically, and must get younger and more explosive there.
If they are going to have any flexibility in free agency to sign a potential starter at a position of need, the Bills might consider parting ways with one of a few players in order to save against the cap.
Players the Buffalo Bills could cut to clear more cap space: DB Siran Neal
The Bills rarely use defensive back Siran Neal on defense, as evidenced by Neal playing in just six percent of all defensive snaps in 2022. However, he is a special teams staple, playing 77 percent of snaps in that area.
Still, the Bills could opt to cut Neal and save $2.2 million in the process. Neal made a ho-hum 19 tackles all of last season, and the Bills could use the money saved from cutting him to put into another position like the offensive line. Combining the savings of cutting Neal with another one or two players could net the Bills a starter up front.
For a player that doesn’t make much of an impact on defense and only plays special teams, the Bills should seriously consider saving the money and letting go of the 2018 fifth-round pick.