Bryce Brown's time with the Buffalo Bills is over.
Just 17 regular-season games after being acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles for a fourth-round draft pick, the Bills released the 24-year-old running back on Tuesday. A cut was required to make room on the 53-man roster for defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, who is returning from a one-game suspension.
Brown's spot on the roster has seemingly been in jeopardy since coach Rex Ryan said in March "I'm not gonna learn his name until he holds onto the football," during an interview at the NFL owners' meetings. Brown, who lost a critical fumble last season in a loss to Kansas City, proceeded to lose a fumble in the team's scrimmage during training camp this year.
In two preseason games, he rushed 15 times for 89 yards (5.9 yards per rush) one touchdown and also caught four passes for 4 yards. He missed the other two preseason games because of a hamstring injury.
Last season, he was active for just seven games, starting two. He rushed 36 times for 126 yards (5.1 yards per rush) and caught 16 passes for 176 yards. In his first two NFL seasons with the Eagles, Brown rushed for 878 yards and six touchdowns. He lost three of his four fumbles as a rookie in 2012, but did not lose any in 83 touches in 2013.
Brown survived final cuts after the Bills released veteran running back Fred Jackson in the preseason. But he was inactive for the season opener against Indianapolis. After Brown's release, LeSean McCoy, rookie Karlos Williams and Boobie Dixon occupy the top three spots on the Bills' depth chart at running back.
Brown, who was scheduled to earn $660,000 in 2015, is not yet a vested veteran, meaning his salary did not become guaranteed at the start of the regular season. As such, the Bills will save about $620,000 in cap space by cutting him.
Brown's release ultimately falls on General Manager Doug Whaley, who traded the Bills' 2015 fourth-round pick to Philadelphia to acquire him.