Bills cut Moorman, sign Powell in a surprise move

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 7:11 AM EDT

By WKBW News

September 25, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 7:11 AM EDT

Orchard Park ( The Buffalo Bills made a surprise move on Tuesday by cutting ties with all-time leading punter Brian Moorman. The two time Pro Bowler was released as the Bills look to the future with Shawn Powell.

"It's always a tough decision", said Bills GM Buddy Nix. "Especially with a guy like Brian who has been here for 12 years and had a great career with the Bills. He has been kind of a staple with the organization, a lot of community service. He and his wife did good things, that's what makes it tougher but it's a decision we felt like we needed to make.

Moorman had a very strong training camp leading into his 12th season with the Bills but struggled at times through the first three games of the year. Calls and text messages sent to Moorman seeking comment on Tuesday were not returned.

"It goes back to trying to upgrade at that position, looking down the road", said Nix. "I wouldn't get into specifics, but we evaluate everything everyday."

Moorman beat Powell during the training camp for the punter position. Powell, an undrafted free agent, now rejoins the Bills after being cut prior to the regular season. The Florida State product finished his collegiate career as the Seminoles all-time leader in punting average.

The Bills get back onto the practice field on Wednesday with the New England Patriots coming to

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