As Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk pointed out via Twitter when the news broke earlier this afternoon, Moorman will still make the balance of his $1.425 million base salary this year despite getting released. That means that for the next 14 weeks, the Bills will be sending Moorman a check for roughly $83,820 - and if he is signed by another team at any point, he'll collect a paycheck from his new employer on top of what the Bills will still be paying him.
Finances, then, were a complete non-factor in the Bills' decision to release Moorman after a slow start to the season. The chief reason, then, was performance: Moorman currently ranks 30th in the NFL in net punting average (32.7 yards), and he'd only knocked two in 15 punts out inside the 20-yard line this season. The Bills will be counting on rookie Shawn Powell to improve both figures from this point forward.