AJ McCarron Trade to Raiders Marks Bills' Biggest Roster Move on Cutdown Day
The Bills made several interesting moves Saturday in trimming their roster to 52 players, none more intriguing than the trade that sent veteran quarterback AJ McCarron to the Raiders for a fifth-round pick. Buffalo had one spot open before hitting the roster limit that likely will be used on a receiver or offensive lineman.
McCarron was hailed as a potential starter when he signed a two-year deal worth $10 million but never really fit into their plans. Nathan Peterman was more accurate and more consistent throughout training camp, McCarron suffered a collarbone injury, and rookie Josh Allen pushed his way into the conversation for the No. 1 job.
But there were others players worth mentioning who failed to make the roster.
* Tight end Nick O'Leary seemed like a lock going into training camp before getting squeezed out in a battle with Jason Croom, Logan Thomas and Khari Lee to back up Charles Clay.
* Veteran wideout Rod Streater was trying to catch on with his sixth professional team but was unable to make an impression despite competing against a weak receiving corps. His biggest highlight was catching Allen's touchdown pass in the back of the end zone against the Browns.
* Running back Travaris Cadet was effective with limited opportunities in training camp but couldn't keep pace with Marcus Murphy. Cadet averaged 5.7 yards on 17 carries, picked up seven first downs and scored a TD in the preseason. He was on his ninth NFL team (counting New Orleans twice) going into his sixth season.