Running back Anthony Dixon confirmed that the Buffalo Bills cut him Tuesday, tweeting the following message:
The Bills provided comments from GM Doug Whaley, who spoke about the decision:
Dixon, 28, rushed for just 44 yards and one touchdown in 2015, as he was buried behind LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams on the team's depth chart.
The move saves the Bills $1.15 million in cap space, per Joe Buscaglia of WKBW, and it was all but an inevitability after the past season:
Indeed, according to Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, McCoy (55.6 percent), Jerome Felton (26.5 percent), Williams (22.6 percent) and Mike Gillislee (10.4 percent) all earned a larger percentage of snaps at running back or fullback this year than Dixon. He averaged just 2.1 yards per carry this year and was even passed over at times for Dan Herron when McCoy and Williams were hurt, as Rodak noted.
Despite Dixon being a solid special teams player as well, head coach Rex Ryan noted on Dec. 28 he could envision Gillislee developing into a solid player in that role, per Rodak: "Maybe it is us looking for us to expand Mike [Gillislee]’s role as a special teams player. That could definitely be something that we look into. There is no reason to think he wouldn’t be a good special teams player."
Add it all up, and Dixon's release always seemed like the logical move for the Bills.
The running back will likely generate interest around the league for team's looking to add veteran depth and a special teams contributor, however. While Dixon was a disappointment in 2015, he did rush for 432 yards and two touchdowns in 2014 with the Bills, averaging 4.1 yards per carry. That should land him at least an affordable contract with a team and a chance to earn a roster spot in training camp.
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