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Bills release pair of veterans in Jerome Felton and Sterling Moore

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The veteran FB was beat out by UDFA Glenn Gronkowski while Moore was the victim of a numbers game at cornerback

As cuts continue to trickle in ahead of tomorrow’s 53-man roster deadline, the Bills released a pair of veterans that might be viewed as a surprise to some.

A year after being signed to the second-richest contract for all NFL fullbacks, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Jerome Felton was released by the team today. Felton, who was entering his 10th season in the league, was likely cut in favor of undrafted free agent Glenn Gronkowski.

Due to the insignificant amount of money saved by Felton’s release, Gronkowski, who is an Amherst, NY native, apparently impressed the coaching staff enough to warrant his retention over the veteran that began training camp ahead of him on the depth chart.

While Felton played in just under 27% of the team’s offensive snaps last season, the fullback was largely regarded as one of the league’s top lead-blockers throughout his career.

The 30-year-old had a single carry for two yards, and a single catch for 12 yards in 2015.

In addition to Felton, offseason acquisition Sterling Moore was also reportedly released today.

Moore signed with the Bills on April 5 after starting nine games last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, his stay in Buffalo proved to be short-lived.

While his release may have been surprising to some, Moore struggled to tackle throughout the preseason. On two separate occasions, Moore missed open-field tackles that led to long touchdowns for the opposing team.

Moore’s release likely signals that the Bills will keep veteran Corey White, who was also signed by the team as a free agent this past offseason, on the 53-man roster.

Moore has four interceptions and 25 passes defensed over the course of his six-year career. He previously spent time with the Buccaneers, the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots.