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Manny Lawson Could Be The Next LB To Go In Buffalo

March 4, 2014 Bills

Mike Rodak of ESPN.com writes that the Bills’ recent decision to release OLB Willie Jefferson could be a bad sign for veteran OLB Manny Lawson.

Rodak mentions that the two players have a “similar body type and style of play,” which is notable given that the reason for Jefferson’s release was because he wasn’t a fit in new DC Jim Schwartz’s defensive scheme.

The Bills are expected to run a 4-3 system under Schwartz, which doesn’t appear to be the best fit for Lawson.

Lawson, 29, signed a four-year, $12 million contract that included $4.6 million guaranteed with the Bills last year. He carries a cap figure of $3.1 million next season. The Bills could free up $850,000 by releasing him outright, or $2.35 million if they were to designate him as a June 1 release.

Last year, Lawson totaled 73 tackles, four sacks, one interception, a forced fumble and a one recovery over the course of 15 games.

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  • Harvsbuddy

    Well that’s just stupid. He had a really good year.

    They need to find a way to use him. He’s one of the fastest LBs in the league, and he’s just coming into his own like Jerry Hughes did last season.

    I really doubt this. He was also very good in coverage.

    • NFL Trade Rumors

      There’s no guarantee that Lawson will be out in BUF. It’s just some dot-connecting is all.

  • MichaelNupe Thompson

    I thought he was a 4-3 Linebacker. Is he a 3-4

    • NFL Trade Rumors

      He has played in a 4-3 scheme before while in CIN, however Rodak mentions that he is probably better suited to play 3-4 OLB based on his size.