Adams, Milloy, Campbell cap casualties

The Buffalo Bills have released defensive tackle Sam Adams, safety Lawyer Milloy and tight end Mark Campbell, the team announced on Wednesday. These moves saved the Bills an estimated $9.1 million in salary cap space. The team has not determined whether to release veteran receiver Eric Moulds, who rejected the Bills' offer to restructure his contract earlier this week.

Adams is a 12-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowl selection who was entering the final year of his contract since joining the Bills in 2003. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $2 million with a roster bonus of $750,000 due Friday. The move saves the Bills $3.5 million in salary-cap money.

"This could be football Armageddon for teams having to release quality veterans," Adams' agent Angelo Wright told the AP Wednesday. Adams' production slipped in a controversial year, just one season removed from his third Pro Bowl appearance following the 2004 season. Adams finished 2005 with just 12 tackles, the lowest number of his career, and three sacks. Adams was benched for most of the second half of Buffalo's loss to New England on Oct. 30, the second time in two years that former head coach Mike Mularkey sat the lineman in the middle of a game.

Milloy is a four-time Pro Bowl selection who was to count $3.75 million against the cap in his final year of a four-year deal signed a week before the 2003 season opener. Milloy was the Bills' second-leading tackler in 2005 with 170 stops.

Campbell was also in the final year of his contract and finished this season with just 19 catches for 129 yards.

"It's that time of the year where all teams are involved in making some, to a degree, painful decisions," general manager Marv Levy said. Levy expressed that the team still wants Moulds to return, but the moves were not specifically made in order to help fit his $10.85 million salary cap number in under the estimated $95 million cap figure.

"It goes beyond just the Eric Moulds situation," Levy said. ``We hope something can be worked out with him. We'd like to keep him and we'll continue to make our efforts to do so.'' Though the moves were influenced by the salary cap, Levy added that there were other issues involved in the decision to release the three starters. "The style of offense and defense we will be running were factored in," he said. "We know you can't have everybody on your team that you'd like to have.''

The cuts occurred prior to the start of the NFL free-agency period on Friday.

( Compiled from wire reports)

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