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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WROC) — The 2024 Bills offseason was always going to be one filled with change. On Wednesday, the nature of the change was revealed as a handful of impact veterans were released, ushering out an era in Orchard Park.

The Bills released cornerback Tre’Davious White, safety Jordan Poyer, center Mitch Morse, wide receiver Deonte Harty, and running back Nyheim Hines. White’s release was not officially announced by the team, but was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and confirmed by multiple reporters.

The Bills entered Wednesday $40 million over the salary cap. Their moves immediately opened over nearly $25 million in cap space, with another $10 million coming when the Bills officially release White after June 1st.

The Bills are still currently about $16 million over the salary cap, but a presumed restructure of Josh Allen’s contract will save them about $23 million on next year’s cap.

White was drafted in the first round in 2017 by the Bills and made two All-Pro teams and two Pro Bowls. However, the 29-year-old missed 30 combined games over the past three seasons with a torn ACL in 2021 and a torn Achilles in 2023.

Poyer signed with the Bills in 2017 and helped transform the Bills defense and culture along with fellow safety Micah Hyde. The 32-year-old was named First-team All-Pro in 2021, but was slowed over the past few years by a multitude of injuries. Hyde is a free agent this offseason.

Morse’s release might be the most surprising of the bunch. While Morse is 31 years old and has dealt with concussions over his career, but he had a strong season in 2023 and anchored an offensive line that was one of the best and most consistent in the league.

Nyheim Hines and Deonte Harty were expected cap casualties.

Hines missed all of 2023 with a torn ACL suffered in an offseason jet ski accident. While he didn’t have the offensive success the team hoped for after acquiring him at the trade deadline in 2022, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the 2022 regular-season finale, including the first play after Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest.

Harty was signed in the 2023 offseason and didn’t develop as an offensive weapon, but did return a punt for a touchdown against the Dolphins to help secure the AFC East title.

The team also made two signings on Wednesday. They re-signed offensive lineman David Edwards to a two-year contract and re-signed punter Matt Haack to a one-year deal.

Edwards reportedly signed a two-year deal worth $6 million with nearly $3 million guaranteed, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. According to multiple reports, offensive guard Connor McGovern will move to center with the release of Morse, opening up a spot for Edwards to start at guard.

Haack finished as the Bills’ punter last season after Sam Martin suffered a hamstring injury against the Steelers in the Wild Card round. Martin has two years left on his contract and his release would free up $1.35 million in cap space for 2024.

The multitude of moves makes the Bills younger and more cap-compliant, giving the team flexibility to make additions to try and finally take down the Chiefs in the AFC. However, the loss of veteran leadership can not be quantified. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have a steep task ahead of them to get their replacements up to the level needed to keep the team a Super Bowl contender.

​ ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WROC) — The 2024 Bills offseason was always going to be one filled with change. On Wednesday, the nature of the change was revealed as a handful of impact veterans were released, ushering out an era in Orchard Park.

The Bills released cornerback Tre’Davious White, safety Jordan Poyer, center Mitch Morse, wide receiver Deonte Harty, and running back Nyheim Hines. White’s release was not officially announced by the team, but was first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter and confirmed by multiple reporters.

The Bills entered Wednesday $40 million over the salary cap. Their moves immediately opened over nearly $25 million in cap space, with another $10 million coming when the Bills officially release White after June 1st.

The Bills are still currently about $16 million over the salary cap, but a presumed restructure of Josh Allen’s contract will save them about $23 million on next year’s cap.

White was drafted in the first round in 2017 by the Bills and made two All-Pro teams and two Pro Bowls. However, the 29-year-old missed 30 combined games over the past three seasons with a torn ACL in 2021 and a torn Achilles in 2023.

Poyer signed with the Bills in 2017 and helped transform the Bills defense and culture along with fellow safety Micah Hyde. The 32-year-old was named First-team All-Pro in 2021, but was slowed over the past few years by a multitude of injuries. Hyde is a free agent this offseason.

Morse’s release might be the most surprising of the bunch. While Morse is 31 years old and has dealt with concussions over his career, but he had a strong season in 2023 and anchored an offensive line that was one of the best and most consistent in the league.

Nyheim Hines and Deonte Harty were expected cap casualties.

Hines missed all of 2023 with a torn ACL suffered in an offseason jet ski accident. While he didn’t have the offensive success the team hoped for after acquiring him at the trade deadline in 2022, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in the 2022 regular-season finale, including the first play after Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest.

Harty was signed in the 2023 offseason and didn’t develop as an offensive weapon, but did return a punt for a touchdown against the Dolphins to help secure the AFC East title.

The team also made two signings on Wednesday. They re-signed offensive lineman David Edwards to a two-year contract and re-signed punter Matt Haack to a one-year deal.

Edwards reportedly signed a two-year deal worth $6 million with nearly $3 million guaranteed, according to NFL reporter Aaron Wilson. According to multiple reports, offensive guard Connor McGovern will move to center with the release of Morse, opening up a spot for Edwards to start at guard.

Haack finished as the Bills’ punter last season after Sam Martin suffered a hamstring injury against the Steelers in the Wild Card round. Martin has two years left on his contract and his release would free up $1.35 million in cap space for 2024.

The multitude of moves makes the Bills younger and more cap-compliant, giving the team flexibility to make additions to try and finally take down the Chiefs in the AFC. However, the loss of veteran leadership can not be quantified. Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane have a steep task ahead of them to get their replacements up to the level needed to keep the team a Super Bowl contender. Read More Buffalo BillsRochesterFirst  

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