The salary cap purge by the Buffalo Bills continued with yet another move on Friday, and in doing so, they released one of the longest-tenured players on the Bills roster.
The Bills have released cornerback Leodis McKelvin from the roster with only one year remaining on his contract. With McKelvin's release, the Bills will save a total of $3.9 million on the 2016 salary cap.
In an effort to provide salary cap relief, the Bills have released McKelvin, defensive end Mario Williams, guard Kraig Urbik, and running back Boobie Dixon. They also restructured the contracts of tight end Charles Clay and safety Corey Graham.
Although the new Graham restructure has not yet been submitted through the NFLPA records, the other five moves have combined to clear $27.225 million from the team's 2016 salary cap.
McKelvin, 30, spent eight seasons with Buffalo after being selected by the franchise in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Troy. Over the course of his career with the Bills, he had a total of 317 tackles, 64 passes defensed, 13 interceptions, and four forced fumbles.
He sent the following message about his time in Buffalo on his official Instagram account:
I've had the honor of playing the game I love with the Buffalo Bills organization since I was drafted in 2008. It has been a pleasure to work with some of the best football professionals in the league and playing amongst the most amazing and supportive fans. I look forward to the next chapter of my football story and the opportunity to continue playing the game I am so passionate about. #onceabillalwaysabill Buffalo will always be a place I'll call home! #buffalobills #mckelvinbillievers
Without McKelvin, the Bills are left with Stephon Gilmore, Ronald Darby, Nickell Robey, Mario Butler, and Merrill Noel as the cornerbacks under contract that spent time on the 2015 active roster.