Cole Beasley released by Bills: NFL news

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The Buffalo Bills are releasing veteran wide receiver Cole Beasley, the team announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The 32-year-old, 10-year veteran had spent the last three seasons in Buffalo after a seven-year stint with the Dallas Cowboys — developing into one of the more dependable slot receivers in the NFL.

Such a move had been expected — or at least Beasley’s departure from Buffalo was. He had asked the organization for a trade a few weeks ago, but the decision to release him saves the team $5.1 million in cap space.

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There should be no shortage for the receiver, who now hits a crowded free-agent market. In each of the last two seasons, he’s recorded 82 receptions for a combined 1,660 yards and five touchdowns. Working alongside the ever-improving Josh Allen in a loaded Buffalo offense that was headlined by No. 1 receiver Stefon Diggs, he posted catch percentage over the last two seasons was a career-high at 74.9%.

It’s been a busy offseason for the Bills, who made two notable signings on Wednesday by bringing on Super Bowl-winning edge rusher Von Miller and tight end OJ Howard. They also bolstered their offensive line with the signing of Pro Bowl guard Rodger Saffold.

At the wide-receiver spot, they re-signed Isaiah McKenzie and Jake Kumerow, who will likely see an uptick in targets come 2022 with Beasley out of the picture.