As NFL team’s 53 man rosters look to take shape, hard decisions have to be made. According to reports, the Buffalo Bills are looking to make a major move soon.
According to Syracuse.com’s Ryan Talbot, the Bills are likely to release team captain Tyler Matakevich as they look to finalize their roster. Matakevich as been a mainstay as a backup linebacker and a consistent member of the special team for the AFC East juggernaut.
Matakevich joined Buffalo in 2020, and has been a producer for special teams ever since. The team’s decision isn’t shocking, as the team has released a number of special team members throughout the offseason. Matakevich, though a team and coach favorite, has dealt with a calf injury that kept him sidelined early in training camp and the preseason, which, if necessary, could make him expendable.
Though the cap hit wouldn’t be as severe as others, the loss of Matakevich isn’t replaceable with their current roster. Though it is projected that the Bills’ rookies would step into the role, there is no clear cut starter in the rotation, and they could look into free agents or trades before the season starts.
The Bills are coming off a disappointing season where they went 13-3 to secure the AFC East division title, but lost in the divisional round. As Buffalo looks to contend again, they need to make sure their final roster is ready to compete.
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