Could Jerry Hughes, Cole Beasley end up on the bubble in Buffalo?

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The reduced salary cap sparked a wave of cuts in March. As September approaches, and as coaches develop a possible comfort level with younger, cheaper players, more veterans could be jettisoned.

For the Bills, Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News has flagged a couple of veterans who could end up on the bubble: Defensive end Jerry Hughes and receiver Cole Beasley.

Dumping Hughes would create $6.1 million in cash and cap relief for the Bills. The fact that the team already allowed him to earn a $1 million roster bonus in March suggests that Buffalo plans to keep him. However, that happened before the Bills drafted pass-rusher Gregory Rousseau. If Rousseau develops quickly, the Bills could decide to save the $6.1 million, even if the $1 million already spent on Hughes isn’t coming back.

Regardless, and as Skurski notes, it would be a major surprise if Hughes gets cut.

A decision to sever ties with Beasley would count as a surprise, too. The cash and cap benefit falls lower than for Hughes. Beasley has a $4.7 million salary and $500,000 in available per-game roster bonuses. Also, the Bills don’t have a clear answer at slot receiver. They could decide to use Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis on the outside and to put Emmanuel Sanders in the slot, but that would leave the Bills thin, especially in the event of injury.

Looming over Beasley’s status is his anti-vaxx rants and possible intention to defy COVID protocols. If he becomes too much of a distraction, that will be a factor in the eventual decision regarding whether to keep him or let him go.

Ultimately, chances are that both Hughes and Beasley will be on the team. That’s why their possible release is regarded as a surprise.

12 responses to “Could Jerry Hughes, Cole Beasley end up on the bubble in Buffalo?

  1. When you get yourself into a cap hell, these are the kinds of things that start happening. They peaked last year during a discombobulated season.

  2. touchback6 says:

    July 12, 2021 at 11:11 am

    When you get yourself into a cap hell, these are the kinds of things that start happening. They peaked last year during a discombobulated season.
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    Their supposed “cap hell” is a better situation than New Englands cap stupidity of severely overpaying Agholor and Bourne (and to a lesser degree the tight ends) just because they had cap space

  3. Cutting second team All Pro Cole Beasley? How could you even consider that? It’s almost like the All Pro voters have no clue what they’re doing

  4. Hahahaha. All the Buffalo fans told us all off-season they have the best WR duo in the NFL, yet we keep hearing stories of Beasley possibly being on the chopping block. Hmmm

  5. Could it be because Emanuel Saunders is #2 and Beasley is third on the depth chart?

  6. Beasley just had 82 catches for 967 yards in 15 Games, the best of his career and 2nd on the team, one of the best slot receivers in the NFL and one of the most productive. We are at the point in the off season where the Bills are already under cap and well past FA period to sign anyone with any extra cap space they make. He cost only $7 MM, cheap for a receiver with his production. Why on earth would they even think of cutting him?…. Oh I know, the media is upset about his vaccine comments so they are going to run completely baseless stories about him possibly losing his job. This is ridiculous.

  7. harrythehitman22 says:

    July 12, 2021 at 12:23 pm

    Cutting second team All Pro Cole Beasley? How could you even consider that? It’s almost like the All Pro voters have no clue what they’re doing
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    Beasley has never been 2nd team all pro so at least we figured out who has no clue as they make up stats to fit their narrative…

  8. I still can’t figure out why someone wouldn’t look up a stat before posting “x player has never”…

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