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

Max Staley
John Brown is one of three Buffalo Bills who might not be on the roster in 2021.
John Brown is one of three Buffalo Bills who might not be on the roster in 2021. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Buffalo Bills are coming off of their best season in recent memory. Josh Allen had an MVP-caliber campaign, leading a high-flying offense to a 13-3 record. Buffalo came up just short of a Super Bowl appearance, ultimately losing in the AFC Championship Game to the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-24.

If GM Brandon Beane is looking to get this team over the hump in 2021, he'll likely need to make a few key moves. Upgrading the skill-position group and the pass-rushing unit feels like a good place to start.

But those always come at a cost. In order to free up space for any potential acquisitions, Beane will likely have to part ways with some valuable contributors. Here are three Bills that might not be on the roster in 2021.

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3. Quinton Jefferson, DT

Quinton Jefferson came over on a two-year, $13.5 million deal, but the Bills can get out of it with only $1.5 million in dead money this offseason. Considering he carries an $8 million cap hit in 2021, that's an avenue the Bills are likely to explore. Jefferson didn't do much, tallying 3.0 sacks while receiving a grade of just 59.1 from ProFootballFocus. It's tough to see him returning at that price point. Notably, the production and contract of fellow Bills' DT Vernon Butler tells a very similar story. It's entirely possible that one (or both) don't return to Buffalo in 2021.

2. Trent Murphy, DE

Trent Murphy didn't make the impact the Bills were hoping he would in 2020, recording just 2.0 sacks and 19 tackles. He was in and out of the rotation, failing to play even 60% of the snaps in a single game this season. He's an impending free agent, so it's tough to see Buffalo re-signing him – especially considering the Bills might've already drafted his replacement in A.J. Epenesa.

1. John Brown, WR

Buffalo is set with Stefon Diggs on the outside and Cole Beasley in the slot, but John Brown is a player the Bills could look to upgrade on. While he's a burner when on the field, Brown is a guy who's often banged up, suiting up in just nine games last season. He carries the sixth-highest cap hit on the team in 2021 ($9.5 million) but the Bills can get out of his deal with just $1.5 million in dead money. If they need to create some space, moving on from Brown is a logical option.

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