Buffalo Bills Cut Salary: Releasing Running Back Nyheim Hines to Free Up Cap Space for 2024 Offseason

Nyheim Hines informed by Buffalo Bills of his release

The Buffalo Bills are preparing to cut salary ahead of the NFL’s free agency period, with running back Nyheim Hines being released as a result. A source confirmed to The Associated Press that Hines will be let go this week to free up cap space. ESPN.com first reported on the pending decision over the weekend.

While the Bills have not ruled out the possibility of re-signing Hines, his return is not guaranteed once free agency officially begins on March 13th. Despite being set to enter the final year of his contract, Hines missed all of last season due to a knee injury from a jet ski accident just before training camp last summer. Although he has returned to training, his return to practice remains uncertain.

The decision to release Hines was made due to his injury and the $5.1 million he was set to earn this season. This move will free up around $4.6 million in cap space for a team that was projected to be significantly over the cap heading into the 2024 offseason.

The Bills acquired Hines in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts in the middle of the 2022 season with hopes of him playing a bigger role in 2023. In nine games, he had limited playing time but made a significant impact on special teams, returning two kickoffs for touchdowns in a key win over the New England Patriots that knocked them out of playoff contention. Drafted in the fourth round by the Colts in 2018, Hines made a name for himself as a pass-catching threat out of the backfield during his time in Indianapolis.

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