NFL Transactions Summary: Bills Release WR Cole Beasley

FILE PHOTO: NFL: AFC Wild Card Playoffs - New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills
FILE PHOTO: January 15, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) tries to dodge a tackle from New England Patriots outside linebacker Dont’a Hightower (54) after a catch in the third quarter of an AFC Wild Card Playoff game at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2022

The Buffalo Bills fired wide receiver Cole Beasley Thursday after three seasons.

The Bills had given Beasley permission to seek a trade earlier this month. He entered the final season of a four-year, $29 million contract signed in 2019.

His release saves Buffalo $6.1 million off the salary cap, per Spotrac.

Beasley, 32, caught 82 passes for 693 yards and a touchdown in 16 games (eight starts) in 2021. He has 550 receptions for 5,709 yards and 34 points in 149 games (50 starts) with the Dallas Cowboys (2012-18) and Bills.

–The Dallas Cowboys are sacking La’el Collins after failing to find a trade partner for the 28-year-old right tackle, according to reports.

The Cowboys called it a step after June 1 and will save $10 million against the salary cap. Collins will still count $8.7 million toward the team’s 2023 cap.

Collins has played guard and tackle for the Cowboys and appeared in 12 games last season. He missed the 2020 season with a hip injury that required surgery, but has started in all but one of the past three seasons. He was suspended for five games in 2021 for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.

-Tight end CJ Uzomah signed a multi-year contract with the New York Jets.

The Jets did not disclose the terms of the deal.

Uzomah, 29, recorded records for receptions (49), yards (493) and touchdowns (five) in 16 games last season with the Cincinnati Bengals.

He has 163 receptions for 1,591 yards and 13 TDs in 79 career games since being selected by Cincinnati in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

The Jets have also reportedly signed pass rusher Jacob Martin to a three-year contract worth up to $16.5 million with incentives.

Martin, 26, is reportedly getting a $6 million guarantee.

Martin had four sacks and two forced fumbles in 17 games (14 starts) for the Houston Texans last season. Martin spent three seasons in Houston, appearing in a total of 45 games (15 starts). He was selected in the sixth round of the 2018 draft by Seattle and appeared in 16 games in his rookie season.

– Cornerback Casey Hayward has agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons, NFL Network reported.

Hayward, 32, had 46 tackles and one interception while starting in all 17 games with the Las Vegas Raiders last season.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Hayward has 431 tackles and 24 interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, in 146 career games with the Green Bay Packers, San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers and Raiders.

Running back Damien Williams is also signing a one-year deal with the Falcons, his agent told NFL Network.

Terms were not reported.

Williams rushed for 164 yards in 12 games (two starts) for the Chicago Bears last season. He has 1,395 career rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in 97 games (15 starts) with the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs and Bears.

–The Cincinnati Bengals signed Hayden Hurst to a one-year contract, Hurst’s agency announced. Financial terms have not yet been reported.

Cincinnati’s move filled the hole in the end left by Uzomah, who left free and signed with the Jets.

Hurst, 28, is joining his third team in five years. The Baltimore Ravens made him a first-round pick in the 2018 draft, and he spent two seasons with them and two with the Atlanta Falcons.

In 57 career games (18 starts), Hurst has caught 125 passes for 1,304 yards and 12 touchdowns. His best season was 2020, his first with Atlanta, when he played 16 games (nine starts) and had 56 receptions for 571 yards and six points.

The Bengals are also keeping cornerback Eli Apple and re-signing him to a one-year, $4 million deal, ESPN reported.

The 26-year-old Apple had two interceptions and 10 pass defenses in 16 games (15 starts) in 2021. However, he had a tough Super Bowl in the loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

The move ensures the Bengals retain their first three corners going into 2021. Chidobe Awuzie and Mike Hilton remain under contract.

–The New York Giants announced they have fired Logan Ryan after two seasons.

Ryan made 30 starts over 31 appearances in his New York stint, totaling 211 tackles, 17 pass breakups, one interception, two sacks, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

The 31-year-old New Jersey native began his career with the New England Patriots (2013-16) and the Tennessee Titans (2017-19) before joining the Giants. He played corners for his previous teams before moving to safety for New York.

-Defensive tackle Michael Pierce signs with his former team, the Baltimore Ravens, on a three-year, $16.5 million deal, NFL Network reported.

Pierce joined the Minnesota Vikings after the 2019 season but retired from the 2020 season due to COVID-19 and only played eight games (all starts) in 2021 while battling an elbow injury. Minnesota released Pierce earlier this week.

Pierce, 29, went undrafted in 2016 and arrived with the Ravens, where he played 60 games (30 starts) over four seasons. He has 171 career tackles, 6.5 sacks and four fumble recoveries. Pierce’s three sacks last season marked a career highlight.

– The Chicago Bears are reportedly adding former Chiefs wide receiver Byron Pringle on a one-year, $6 million deal.

The deal includes a guaranteed $4 million.

Pringle, who signed with Kansas City as an undrafted free agent in May 2018, had 67 career catches for 898 yards and seven touchdowns in 46 games (eight starts) for the Chiefs. He also returned kicks for the Chiefs in 2021, averaging 24.8 yards per return.

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