Manny Lawson may have started 14 games for Buffalo last season, but whether it was age or they just no longer felt he was worth the trouble, the Bills have decided to move on from the outside linebacker.
Adam Schefter for ESPN reports Lawson is among the Bills’ cuts as teams work to trim their rosters down from 75 players to 53 ahead of the 4 p.m. ET Saturday deadline. The 11th-year veteran appeared in all 16 games for Buffalo in 2015, recording 47 tackles, one sack, five pass breakups and one interception.
One doesn’t have to search very hard to find reasons why the Bills felt comfortable parting ways, and declining production is a good place to begin.
Lawson regained his starting job last year after becoming a situational player in ’14, but the 32-year-old’s effectiveness predictably continued to decline. There are also reports Lawson could be facing a one-game suspension for an alleged domestic incident, although he’s still waiting for word on that situation.
Regardless, Lawson’s time with the Bills is up, and his time in the NFL may be coming to an end as well. The former first-round pick managed to start 110 career games in the NFL despite limitations as a pass rusher with only 24.5 sacks.
The Bills felt Lawson’s positive attributes no longer outweighed the negatives, and unless a team that operates a 3-4 defense is desperate for outside linebacker help, it’s difficult to envision him being picked up anywhere else.