Bills release John Brown, Quinton Jefferson

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Wide receiver John Brown signed a three-year deal with the Bills in March 2019, but he will not be playing out the final year of that pact.

In a message posted to his Instagram story on Wednesday, Brown wrote “Thank you for the 2 years Buffalo” in a farewell message to the city. Shortly after Brown’s post went up, the Bills officially announced his release.

Brown was limited to nine regular season games last season and had 33 catches for 458 yards and three touchdowns. He had 10 catches for 86 yards in three playoff outings.

The move will clear over $7.9 million in cap space and leave $1.6 million in dead money.

The Bills also released defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson. Jefferson had 23 tackles and three sacks while playing every game in the regular season. His departure clears $6.5 million in cap space.

10 responses to “Bills release John Brown, Quinton Jefferson

  1. Loved John Brown and Jefferson was a nice depth player, but adding 14.5 million in cap space was more important than 450 yards and 3 sacks.

  2. Every Bills fan knew Brown likely wasn’t sticking around. Hate to see him go, but they still have one of the top WR corps in the league.

    I’ll be a fan of his wherever he goes. Such a fun player to watch.

  3. When he returned from injury, he made almost no impact. But, he’ll have a new job before the season openers.

  4. Bad year to be an unemployed receiver. With the cap decrease and the loaded draft class, there’s going to be a few guys taking a pay cut or waiting for jobs.

  5. What am I missing? Where’s the outrage for the Bills not honoring the contract?

  6. unckleruckus says:
    March 10, 2021 at 6:17 pm

    What am I missing? Where’s the outrage for the Bills not honoring the contract?


    It doesn’t exist, because he’s already been paid $8 million more than the amount guaranteed by the contract.

  7. I wonder if the Bills are clearing some cap room to make a run at Juju. It would be intriguing to see Juju play next to Stephon Diggs.

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