Bills part ways with Tony Steward

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On Monday, Bills coach Rex Ryan said that newly signed Zach Brown would be the team’s starting linebacker on the weak side because the team doesn’t have anyone else at the position.

That seemed like a bit of an overstatement — imagine that from Ryan — because 2015 sixth-round pick Tony Steward was also on the roster. Apparently Ryan knew something we didn’t, however.

Steward tweeted out a farewell to the Bills on Tuesday, thanking them for the opportunity and writing that he is “looking forward to the next chapter.”

Steward played seven games with the Bills during his rookie season. He had two tackles in those appearances.

With Steward gone and as Ryan indicated, the Bills are thin at linebacker. It would be surprising if they don’t address the position during the draft next week unless they’re cooking up a new look on defense in Buffalo this season.