Bills bounce Langston Walker

The Buffalo Bills have finished the purge of big-money free agent offensive lineman signed during the 2007 offseason.

Previously cut was Derrick Dockery, after a possible trade to the Lions fell through.

Now, Jason La Canfora of NFLN reports that the Bills have cut Langston Walker, the presumed replacement for Jason Peters at left tackle.

Per La Canfora, the Bills tried to trade Walker before cutting him.

It’s also possible that the Bills asked Walker to reduce his $3 million base salary, which would have become guaranteed as of Saturday, if he hadn’t been released.

Walker started every game in 2007 and 2008 for the Bills.  He becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Taking his spot in the starting lineup will be Demetrius Bell, a seventh-round pick in 2008 and the estranged son of former NBA star Karl Malone.

UPDATE:  The Bills have announced the release of Walker.  Tackle Kirk Chambers has been signed in his place.

22 responses to “Bills bounce Langston Walker

  1. Can someone please ‘splain the Bill’s strategy here?
    They seem to have cut their entire offensive line over the last few months.

  2. How does it go from “we can trade Jason Peters because Walker can adequately back him up” to cutting Walker a week before the season starts.
    Not only do they not bring anyone in to help out on a depleted offensive line they’re cutting guys a week before the season starts.
    Who are these people????

  3. He won’t be unsigned for long.
    But, wherever he goes, it should be as a right tackle…not a left tackle.

  4. Bill in DC, maybe Ralph Wilson thinks he’s Rachel Phelps? Almost makes sense, except that Al Davis seems to have that market cornered.

  5. Hey New England,..
    Here we come to KICK your butt!…
    Wake me up when the Dick is fired and Cowher is on the payroll.

  6. You have to love having a 6’8 366lb lazy offensive lineman that couldn’t move a safety if he wanted to. This is a good move we needed a whole new offensive line and they are doing that.

  7. so how this this work in regards to the waiver wire? since he is an un-restricted free agent is he allowed to sign with any team or do the chiefs have third dibs?

  8. Demetrius Bell is way too raw a player to throw out there against NFL elite rushers. This season could be one big nightmare for Trent Edwards.
    We can all speculate how bad the Bills will be this year, but by now they have to be a Vegas 150-1 shot for SB Champs, and there is definitely a pool on which week Dick Jauron gets canned.
    And who could forget T.O? It will be interesting this year, to say the least.

  9. This is one of many risky moves by the Bills this offseason, and I don’t know how it will work out, but I actually like the fact that the Bills are taking some chances.
    There is no question that Bell outplayed Walker in the preseason. Now, Bell was typically playing against second-stringers, but he still looked better. I’m surprised that Walker didn’t get moved back to right tackle in place of Brad Butler, but evidently the staff felt comfortable with Butler there (or they have more surprises in store for the next six days).
    I’m also relieved/intrigued by the fact that they were able to re-sign Kirk Chambers. He was a surprise cut this weekend, and in all honesty I thought that he was the best tackle on the team last year when he had to step in in place of Jason Peters.
    Whatever the outcome, I’m actually happy to see the Bills going with who they believe is the best player, rather than just assuming that Walker will get it going because he has more experience and a higher paygrade.

  10. Walker was a bust in Oakland. The Bills got suckered into signing someone that couldn’t block a midget leaguer.

  11. I’ll explain the strategy….Marv Levy was no G.M. when he was here. Spent all that money on Walker, Whittle & Dockery, and they all stunk. They would have looked worse if Marshawn Lynch wasn’t breaking thru all those tackles the past 2 years. I like the new crew….can’t be worse, plus we needed to get lighter on the line for the no-huddle offense

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