Notable cuts roundup: Manny Lawson cut by Bills

The Bills aren't a team in a position to turn down defensive help given their recent rash of injuries and suspensions, yet they are cutting ties with 32-year-old outside linebacker Manny Lawson on Friday, the team announced.

EPSN first reported the development.

Lawson was cut due to a looming suspension, per Rapoport. The Buffalo News originally reported that Lawson was facing a one-game suspension back in mid-August.

With fullback Jerome Felton also cut, Glenn Gronkowski, younger brother of Patriots tight end Rob, likely will make the final roster. Cornerback Sterling Moore is also on his way out. Linebacker Kroy Biermann, wide receiver Jarrett Boykin, running back Boom Herron and linebacker Randell Johnson also were cut.

Lawson joined the Bills back in 2013 after five years with the San Francisco 49ers and two years with the Bengals. Lawson has 24.5 sacks and 351 tackles to his name over a 10-year career. He started 14 games for the Bills in 2015 and logged one sack.

Felton, 30, was a Pro Bowler in Minnesota before joining the Bills in 2015 as a highly sought-after free agent. The team signed him to a hefty four-year deal which, at the time, made him the highest-paid fullback not named Mike Tolbert in the NFL.

This is part of the downside of coach Rex Ryan and GM Doug Whaley's aggressive personnel strategy in Buffalo. The team piled one veteran on top of another upon Ryan's arrival only to change course a year later. The Felton move saves the Bills some much-needed money against the salary cap thanks to Gronkowski's undrafted free agent salary. The Bills will absolutely need a versatile fullback to propel their run-first offense in 2016 but did not have room to keep two. Ryan, during his previous coaching stint with the Jets, kept two fullbacks on his roster (John Connor and Tony Richardson).

Here are some other notable cuts (track all of this weekend's roster moves here):

  1. The Titansare letting go of two early-round draft picks from years past. Tennessee has cut wide receiver Justin Hunter and running back Bishop Sankey as well as seven-year scat back Dexter McCluster. Not on the Titans' list of cuts: AFC South lifer and offseason pickup Andre Johnson, who has impressed since joining the team in July.
  1. After two seasons with the Chiefs, Aaron Murray has been released, Rapoport reported. The team had recently shopped the former Georgia quarterback, who is coming off an ACL tear, as a trade piece, but could not find a partner.
  1. The Falcons have informed linebacker Tyler Starr, a former seventh rounder and Hard Knocks personality, that he will be waived, Rapoport reported.

The team announced it has cut kicker Shayne Graham, leaving 15-year veteran Matt Bryant as the only placekicker on the team. Graham was signed in late August to compete with Bryant.

  1. The Ravens are planning to waive former Navy quarterback/wide receiver Keenan Reynolds, Rapoport added. Baltimore drafted Reynolds in the sixth round of the 2016 draft.
  1. The Cardinals have released veteran safety and Tyrann Mathieu-replacement Chris Clemons and linebacker Donald Butler, per the transaction wire. Butler was signed in late July after signing a massive deal with and being released by the Chargers.
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