Final cutdown day is no fun for any team in the NFL, and the Buffalo Bills are no exception. By now everyone knows who did and didn’t make the 2011 Bills’ final 53-man roster.
It wasn’t a particular good day for several guys who at one time played for Buffalo either.
11 former Buffalo Bills got their walking papers Saturday from several teams scattered throughout the league. On that list is Coy Wire (Atlanta), Alvin Bowen (Denver), Sammy Morris (New England), Peirson Prioleau (New Orleans), Jamon Meredith (NY Giants), cornerback Ellis Lankster (NY Jets), Trent Edwards (Oakland), Anthony Hargrove (Philadelphia), Xavier Omon (San Francisco), Dominque Harris (Tampa Bay) and Derek Schouman (Washington).
A few other former Bills players, most notably John McCargo (Tampa Bay) and James Hardy (Baltimore) were cut in advance of Saturday’s deadline.
It also was a dreadful day for former University at Buffalo standouts. Of course, Naaman Roosevelt was cut by Buffalo on Saturday. Also, 2011 fifth-round draft pick Josh Thomas was cut by Dallas and undrafted free agent safety Davonte Shannon was released by Washington. Former UB quarterback Drew Willy was impressive in preseason play but couldn’t earn a spot on the New York Jets.
Lastly, it wasn’t the best day for the Gronkowski family of Williamsville. Fullback Chris Gronkowski was cut by Dallas while his brother Dan was waived by Denver, leaving Rob (New England) as the lone active Gronkowski brother currently in the NFL.
On the bright side (I guess), Aaron Maybin made the New York Jets’ final roster.