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Manny Lawson Could Be The Next LB To Go In Buffalo

Nate Bouda March 4, 2014 Bills 4 Comments

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.