The Buffalo Bills have informed guard Kraig Urbik that he is being released, according to a tweet Urbik posted earlier today.
Urbik, 30, was a third-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2009 NFL Draft, but was picked up on waivers by the Bills prior to the start of the 2010 season. He has been with the organization ever since, appearing in 84 games with the Bills, starting 57 of those, and most recently acting a key backup at both center and guard.
Urbik's release will save the Bills roughly $1.75 million against the cap for the upcoming offseason, money that will be sorely needed after the team decided to use the non-exclusive franchise tag on offensive tackle Cordy Glenn. This, coupled with the complications around the re-signing of Richie Incognito, could turn offensive guard into a very high priority for the Bills this offseason.
Urbik was never the Bills' best lineman, but he was versatile and dependable. He could play at a very high level for a backup, and was active in the community as well. Given his age, he shouldn't have too much trouble finding a job in some team's rotation for the next few seasons.