Buffalo Bills: 3 players who could increase cap space if cut
By Ryan Heckman
Players the Buffalo Bills could cut to clear more cap space: WR Isaiah McKenzie
The wide receiver position, like offensive line, is another area the Bills need to turn over. It starts with possibly letting go of three aging veterans in Cole Beasley, John Brown and Jamison Crowder. But, they could also choose to cut ties with 2017 fifth-round pick Isaiah McKenzie, originally selected by the Denver Broncos.
McKenzie has been inconsistent since coming to Buffalo, and his skill set hasn’t really shined a whole lot. If the Bills were to cut McKenzie, they would see a $2.6 million savings against the cap. His cap number in 2023 is just over $2.9 million, but the dead cap if he was cut? That’s only $300,000.
McKenzie is an example of a few different guys the Bills have tried bringing in to play the slot and fill a specific role, but neither he, nor some of the above mentioned names have solidified that position.
In 15 games last year, McKenzie caught 42 passes on 65 targets for 423 yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed nine times for 55 yards and a score. But, overall, his production is easily replaceable via the draft. Getting someone younger and more electric to work in as a third option within the offense should be a priority, and McKenzie just isn’t that guy.