Every year at final cuts, there are several players who are experienced veterans who get cut, for various reasons. These guys are normally swooped up pretty quickly to play roles on other teams for less money, sometimes much less. Two of these guys for the Bills could easily be Dwan Edwards and Terrence McGee.
McGee restructured his contract earlier this offseason, signing a 2 year, 4 million dollar deal, rather than going into the season making 3.6 million, his original salary, in order to save his roster spot. However, only $300,000 of that contract, the signing bonus, was guaranteed, so his roster spot is not safe. He recently expressed concern over his roster spot security, saying “I’m at the back of the line right now. There are guys way in front of me right now.”
McGee is in a 4 way battle for the nickel cornerback job and, since teams normally only carry 4 or 5 cornerbacks, at least one member of that battle will not make the final roster. 2011 7th round pick Justin Rogers, an inexperienced player, is currently the favorite and will also have an impact on special teams as a return man, so his job is probably safe. Ron Brooks was a 4th round pick just in April so his job is probably safe.
That leaves McGee and Leodis McKelvin fighting for a roster spot. McKelvin’s age, heading into his age 27 season, could be the deciding factor that leads to McGee getting cut, heading into his age 32 season, coming off a torn patellar tendon that cost him most of last season. The oft injured cornerback has missed 22 games in the last 3 seasons, another factor that could decide his fate. He could still be picked up after final cuts and make a roster as a depth cornerback at the veteran’s minimum, should he chose to continue playing.
Edwards, meanwhile, was signed to a 4 year, 18 million dollar deal in the 2010 offseason as the Bills were hoping to convert Edwards, one of the league’s best rotational players in 2009, into a full time every down end in their 3-4. However, Edwards did not live up to expectations and was nothing short of awful last season, grading out 82nd on ProFootballFocus among defensive tackles, in Buffalo’s hybrid 3-4/4-3.
In a full time 4-3 now, Edwards is nothing more than a backup defensive tackle behind Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus and not a very good one. With a cap hit of 4.175 million, he’s far too overpaid and it would make a ton of sense to cut him, unless he restructures. Only heading into his age 31 season, he should be able to find a home for the 2012 season after final cuts at a more reasonable price.