Bye bye Levi

Zane DanielsCorrespondent IMay 6, 2009

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 11:  Offensive tackle Levi Jones #76 of the Cincinnati Bengals plays against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Staduim on November 11, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland. Cincinnati defeated Baltimore 21-7. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Bengals officially cut left tackle Levi Jones earlier today according to Geoff Hobson of

The move saved the Bengals over $3 million in cap space, and the cap hit was only $500,000.

Jones was the tenth overall pick in the 2002 draft, and went on to start 89 games for the Bengals. However, over the last three seasons Jones missed over 30 games due to numerous knee ailments.

The drafting of Andre Smith has made this move an anticipated one for a couple of weeks.

Jones' agent recently came out and said that the team had informed him that he would be traded or cut. In previous seasons Jones had clashed with the medical staff of the Bengals and requested to be traded.

It's widely believed Jones will be quickly signed by the Buffalo Bills, who traded their left tackle, Jason Peters, to the Eagles last month. It's possible the Bills knew this move by the Bengals was coming since they chose not to address the left tackle position in the draft.

Bills owner Ralph Wilson and Bengals owner Mike Brown are good friends and it's possible Brown clued Wilson in on this particular personnel move.

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