The Buffalo Bills broke away from veteran Charles Clay on Friday, ending his four years with the team. Aged 30 (his birthday was Wednesday), he adds another intriguing name to a class of deep free agents.
This only helps the Detroit Lions, who urgently need to add at least one tight end this off season. The concept of clay – which the Bills subscribed for $ 38 million over five years in 2015 – would be fine. However, Clay has never equaled the productivity of his last two seasons in Miami, which earned him a rich free agent contract.
Clay's disappointing production at Buffalo (178 receptions for 1,822 yards in four years) would still be a significant improvement over the status quo in Detroit. By 2018, Clay had suffered a head injury and working with the very insane Josh Allen at QB was still almost triple the output of Lions starter Luke Willson.
The addition of another player to the market helps to keep costs down and offer more options for the pressing needs of Bob Quinn and Lions. And with an extra $ 6.25 million now free with the release of Glover Quin, Quinn can afford a little more.