MarQueis Gray Won't Return to Bills: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistMarch 1, 2016

Buffalo Bills tight end MarQueis Gray (48) runs against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half of a preseason NFL football game on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)
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Tight end MarQueis Gray announced he will not return to the Buffalo Bills next season after spending two seasons with the team.   

Gray confirmed his departure on Twitter, saying, "Thank you (Buffalo Bills) it was a pleasure!"

Gray has certainly traveled well in his NFL career, making stops with the San Francisco 49ers and the Cleveland Browns in 2013. He was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings before the 2014 season and appeared in eight games. 

The 26-year-old was eligible for restricted free agency, but Chris Trapasso of speculated Gray's tweet indicates the Bills told him they won't re-sign him. 

When the Vikings signed Ben Tate in November 2014, Gray was waived and claimed by the Bills. He started the final five games of the season, catching eight passes for 118 yards. He played in four games last season before suffering a broken forearm in Week 4, which landed him on season-ending injured reserve. 

Prior to 2015, Gray told Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News he loved playing in the Bills offense: “This offense right here is tight end heaven. We move around so much that we really play receiver, slot, we play everything but running back. You could line up at any of those spots – that’s the best part about this offense.”

Gray's injury severely hampered his ability to keep a spot on Buffalo's roster. The team already has Charles Clay and Chris Gragg at tight end. The Bills are also looking to save money wherever possible, as they have just $1.5 million in cap space, per

The Bills also reportedly released Mario Williams, according to ESPN's Josina Anderson, so the front office is moving quickly to free up cap space. It will need that money after placing the franchise tag on offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, per NFL Network's Albert Breer

Even though Gray's tenure with the Bills did not end how he would have preferred, he did have nine games over two seasons with them to build up game tape. He may not land on his feet as a starter in 2016, but that experience will certainly appeal to teams needing depth at tight end.