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Bills release veteran CB Terrence McGee

2/14/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

The Buffalo Bills continued rebuilding their defense on Thursday by announcing the release of veteran cornerback Terrence McGee.
 
The Buffalo Bills are set to look quite different under former Syracuse coach Doug Marrone, who replaced Chan Gailey for head coach following three losing seasons. Among the many coaching staff changes, Doug Marrone also hired former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine for the same position with the Buffalo Bills.
 
The announcement follows the release of veteran linebacker Nick Barnett and safety George Wilson by the Buffalo Bills earlier this week.
 
"Terrence has been a contributor to the Bills organization for 10 years and we thank him for his efforts on the field and off," said Buffalo Bills general manager Buddy Nix in a statement on Thursday. "We wish him the best of luck in the future."
 
Terrence McGee landed on Buffalo Bills injured reserve in November, marking the third straight season he struggled with injuries (while appearing in only 22 games during the stretch). The 32-year-old Terrence McGee was limited with a left knee injury throughout the first seven games of the season after undergoing surgery last offseason. Terrence McGee also missed the Buffalo Bills entire training camp before aggravating his knee injury and being shelved early in the season.
 
Selected in the fourth round out of Northwestern State by the Buffalo Bills in the 2003 drafts, Terrence McGee was a talented corner and the most prolific return man in franchise history. Terrence McGee finished with 519 tackles, sacked the opposing quarterback three times, defensed 89 passes, forced three fumbles and recoded 17 interceptions with one returned for a touchdown during 122 career games with the Buffalo Bills. As a kick returner, Terrence McGee complied 5,450 return yards for five touchdowns.
 
Terrence McGee was scheduled to earn a $350,000 roster bonus and $1.75 million in base salary in 2013.
 
But the writing had been on the wall for recently injury prone Terrence McGee, ever since the Buffalo Bills drafted first rounder Stephon Gilmore last year. Terrence McGee had one year left on his restructured contract after taking a significant cut in guaranteed money, as well as agreeing to a series of playing and performance-based incentives due to his health status.
 
The move to release Terrence McGee will wipe $4.46 million off the books for the Buffalo Bills.
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