Safety Lawyer Milloy and tight end Mark Campbell also were
released in moves that saved the Bills an estimated $9.1 million in
salary cap space. The team has not determined whether to release
veteran receiver Eric Moulds, who rejected the Bills' offer to
restructure his contract earlier this week.
The cuts occurred prior to the start of the NFL free-agency
period on Friday.
"It's that time of the year where all teams are involved in
making some, to a degree, painful decisions,'' general manager Marv
Levy said the team still wants Moulds to return, but the moves
were not specifically made in order to help fit his $10.85 million
salary cap number in under the estimated $95 million cap figure.
"It goes beyond just the Eric Moulds situation,'' Levy said.
"We hope something can be worked out with him. We'd like to keep
him and we'll continue to make our efforts to do so.''
Though the moves were influenced by the salary cap, Levy added
that there were other issues involved in the decision to release
the three starters.
"The style of offense and defense we will be running were
factored in,'' he said. "We know you can't have everybody on your
team that you'd like to have.''
Adams is a 12-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowl selection who
was entering the final year of his contract since joining the Bills
in 2003. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $2 million with
a roster bonus of $750,000 due Friday. The move saves the Bills
$3.5 million in salary-cap money.
million against the cap in his final year of a four-year deal
signed a week before the 2003 season opener. Milloy was the Bills'
second-leading tackler in 2005 with 170 stops.