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Scott Chandler released by Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills have released tight end Scott Chandler, so maybe they're pretty confident about landing Charles Clay?

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The Buffalo Bills have announced that they have released veteran tight end Scott Chandler. In doing so, they save $2.25 million against their salary cap in 2015, and seem all the more confident in being able to pry the transition-tagged Charles Clay away from the Miami Dolphins in free agency.

Chandler has been the Bills' starting tight end since 2011, and his four-year run at the position proved to be one of the most productive in the moribund history of Bills tight ends. His career with Buffalo comes to a close after racking up 182 receptions, 2,120 receiving yards, and 17 touchdowns in that time frame.

Buffalo hosted Clay on a free agent visit at One Bills Drive on Wednesday, and are reportedly preparing a lucrative contract offer designed to make him too expensive for the Dolphins to keep. Now, with Chandler gone and reserve Lee Smith signing with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, the Bills are suddenly very thin at tight end - and seemingly quite confident that they'll be able to bring Clay into the fold.