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3 Players Who Won't Be on the Bills Roster Next Season

Larry Rupp
Three players who won't be on the Buffalo Bills roster next season, including Vernon Butler.
Three players who won't be on the Buffalo Bills roster next season, including Vernon Butler. / Bryan Bennett/GettyImages

The Buffalo Bills are fighting to get into the NFL playoffs and currently own the final AFC Wild Card spot with four weeks to go. An early exit could force the front office to make some tough decisions in the offseason. Buffalo fans will be anxious to make sure quarterback Josh Allen's prime isn't wasted.

It's clear that this roster is going to have to go through some changes in order to keep up in a tough AFC East division. With that being said, here are three players who won't be on the Bills roster next season.

1. Vernon Butler, DT

Defensive tackle Vernon Butler is set to enter free agency this offseason and it makes little sense for the Bills to re-sign him. The sixth-year pro has posted just 9 tackles and 1 quarterback hit over his 7 games played this season. Butler's role on this defense is decreasing with every week that passes by and the Bills are also rumored to be targeting a defensive lineman early in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. It's becoming clear that Butler's price tag is not going to be worth it for a Buffalo team that may be able to find a replacement rather easily.

2. Mitchell Trubisky, QB

Quarterback Mitchell Trubisky signed with the Bills on a one-year deal last offseason and has done well as a backup to Allen. However, it wouldn't be surprising to see him target a team in free agency in which he has a shot to start with. Trubisky is only 27 years old and doesn't seem ready to commit to a backup role for the rest of his career. With the depth this QB free agent class has to offer, the Bills can find their backup elsewhere. After all, Trubisky has posted a career record of 29-21 across 50 starts. It's hard to think no one will be willing to take a chance on him.

3. AJ Klein, LB

One player that sticks out as a possible cap casualty on the Bills roster is linebacker AJ Klein. Releasing the ninth-year pro would only cost Buffalo $400K in dead cap and free up over $5 million in cap space. Klein has only played in 35% of the defensive snaps in 2021 (11 games played) and racked up just 30 tackles to go along with 3 pass breakups. More importantly, the 30-year-old has posted just 1 quarterback hit on the year. That kind of production is not going to cut it on a defense that ranks as one of the best in the league. Klein's likelihood of staying on this roster next year is quickly deteriorating.

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