Sooner or later, the NFL labor battle will be settled and the lockout will end. When it does, free agency will commence and the Buffalo Bills will have several decisions to make. At least one of them was made in advance.
Pending free agent Ashton Youboty will definitely not be back in Buffalo for the 2011 season.
The fifth-year cornerback was not tendered by the club and a source said general manager Buddy Nix told Youboty ahead of the February 18 deadline for re-signing players he wouldn’t be part of the team’s plans moving forward.
Buffalo Sports Daily also learned that Youboty took the message seriously. He put his house on Cathedral Drive in West Seneca for sale last month and it recently sold for $195,000.
He was a restricted free agent last year and the club signed him to a one-year, $1.176 million deal.
Youboty was a third-round pick by the Bills out of Ohio State in the 2006 NFL draft. He played five seasons in Buffalo, almost exclusively in a backup role and accumulated just one sack and two interceptions in 43 games. Staying healthy was always a problem— Youboty missed 37 games during his Buffalo career.