By Brandon J. Koch
Regardless of the final play in yesterday’s game, Charles Clay is just not cutting it as being one of the top paid players on this team. The wear and tear of being an NFL tight end is taking a toll on him. This is Clay’s 4th season in Buffalo after signing a 5 year, $38 million dollar contract in March of 2015.
Clay has dealt with multiple injuries his whole career and they’re adding up. He works as hard as anyone on the team, but this should be his final four games a Buffalo Bill. In 10 games played this season, Clay has 20 catches for 178 yards with zero touchdowns. Mind you, all of this is at a $9 million dollar cap hit.
There’s just no value. Brandon Beane is getting no value for this contract and he knows that. The Bills have to go in a different direction and the 2019 off-season is the first time where the Beane and company can get out of it.
According to Spotrac, releasing Clay in 2019 splits his cap hit. The Bills would save $4.5 million while eating the other half in dead cap.