The Buffalo Bills have just announced the release of tight end Charles Clay, who was heading into the final year of a five-year deal he signed back in 2015. Clay, who came in with lofty expectations, was largely a disappointment in Buffalo.
The tight end recorded his worst season as a Buffalo Bill in 2019, going for only 36 targets with 21 receptions for 184 yards and zero (0) touchdowns. Clay figured to give the Bills a big, downfield target who could also block when needed.
When the Buffalo Bills look back on this signing, I don’t doubt for a second this is one they would do over again. Clay simply never got off the ground in his Bills career, under-performing nearly every week. With the final memory most Bills fans will have of him being the dropped, what would have been game winning touchdown in week 13 versus Miami.
As I look back on the career of Clay in Buffalo, I won’t think of what could have been, I will think of how it should have ended sooner. With a disappointing 2017 season, many predicted that Clay would be gone from the roster in 2018, yet in the opener against Baltimore, there old 85 was.
This release does add some excitement to the Bills offseason, at least a little. The Bills will add another four-million dollars in cap space, but from reading the tea leaves, they figure to address the tight end position through the draft.
Would the Bills be willing to dip into the second round to pick a tight end with the likes of T.J. Hockenson (Iowa) and Irv Smith Jr (Alabama) available? Or would they wait until the later rounds and look at the likes of Jace Sternberger (Texas A&M) or Kaden Smith (Stanford)?
Is free-agency an option to fill the tight end position yet again? Did the Bills like what they saw from Jason Croom to hand him the reigns of the position? Many questions have yet to be answered at the tight end position, but the Bills took a step in the right direction with the release of Charles Clay today, even if it did come a little late.