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2019 salary cap: What the Bills would save by cutting Charles Clay

Clay is on the last year of his lucrative five-year deal

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Charles Clay has been the Buffalo Bills’ number-one option at tight end since he joined the team in 2015 on a five-year deal. Clay has had a decent career with the Bills, but the money spent didn't match the production he gave in the 2018 season. In 13 games, he only had 21 catches for 184 yards and zero touchdowns.

Clay turns 30 in just a couple of weeks and is entering the last year on his contract. Although the Bills have enough cap space to afford the final year of his deal, they might want to look at upgrading the tight end position for Josh Allen.

If they do release him, they’ll save some good money but if they go the free agent route, the money they save on Clay will likely be gone and then some. If they replace through the NFL Draft, they would obviously save space.

Salary cap ramifications of cutting Clay, numbers via Spotrac:

2019 cap hit: $9 million
Salary due: $4.5 million
Dead money if cut: $4.5 million
Cap savings if cut: $4.5 million