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Buffalo Bills release QB Matt Cassel

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Matt Cassel is no longer part of the quarterback conversation in Buffalo.

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Once thought to be the safest choice for Rex Ryan and the Bills, Cassel was released on Saturday afternoon. The team made the move official as part of a roster downsizing that included defensive tackle Red Bryant, center Dalton Freeman, safety Jonathan Meeks and linebacker Kevin Reddick.

The Bills will save more than $4 million with his release, though the Bills did waste $500,000 on a roster bonus.

The move should be looked at as a positive for EJ Manuel, who has a champion inside the building in general manager Doug Whaley. The former first-round pick might not be starting over Tyrod Taylor, but he will have time to develop within the new offense.

Cassel should land on his feet quickly considering how hard it is to find starting-caliber quarterbacks on short notice, and there are plenty of teams that could use an upgrade.

In the meantime, Buffalo can put that savings toward a new deal for star defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

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