The Buffalo Bills released defensive lineman Marcus Stroud on Wednesday in a move that freed up salary and playing time for the team's young, developing players.
Stroud's departure wasn't considered a surprise after the 10-year NFL veteran struggled in making the transition in Buffalo's switch to a 3-4 defensive scheme. Stroud was scheduled to make $10 million in base salary during the final two years of his contract, including $4.5 million next season.
Stroud showed up to training camp in July leaner in preparing to make the switch from defensive tackle to end in the Bills' new scheme. However, he struggled, along with an entire defense that finished 24th in the NFL in yards allowed and last in rushing yards yielded. The Bills finished 4-12 and opened the season losing their first eight games.
Stroud finished last season with 49 tackles and three sacks -- matching the most he had since 2007 -- in 15 games, including 14 starts. In three seasons with Buffalo, he had 7.5 sacks in 46 games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.