Looking to bolster his wide receiver corps, Bills General Manager Brandon Beane turned to his former club: the Carolina Panthers.
The Bills traded cornerback Kevon Seymour in exchange for wide receiver Kaelin Clay and the Panthers’ 2019 seventh-round pick.
Seymour, a 2016 sixth-round pick, had until very recently been in a crowded race for the Bills’ right cornerback spot. But in the end, the Bills front office couldn’t find a fit for the former Doug Whaley pick, who didn’t make the most of his opportunities.
“#BillsMafia it's been a great ride,” Seymour tweeted Saturday. “Thank you for all the love and support you guys have shown me over the past year. Nothing but love!”
Meanwhile, the speedy Clay could potentially be a downfield threat now that he’s healthy. The 25-year-old, who signed with Carolina in April, caught six passes for 127 yards for the Panthers this preseason. But he has yet to catch a pass in a regular-season game. A 2015 sixth-round pick of Tampa Bay, Clay briefly spent time with Detroit and Baltimore. He averaged 10.6 yards on 23 punts and 24.5 yards on 14 kick returns for the Ravens.
Clay, who spent the 2016 season on injured reserve because of a foot injury, joins fellow receivers Jordan Matthews, Zay Jones, Philly Brown, Brandon Tate and Andre Holmes.
Walter Powell will begin the season serving a suspension.
The trade for Clay was announced shortly after the Bills officially released their 53-man roster. The cuts, which were officially announced 10 minutes before the 4 p.m. league-mandated deadline, weren’t all that surprising considering their depth at various positions.
In all, 27 players were released — including running back Jordan Johnson, a former Sweet Home High School and University at Buffalo standout, and fan favorite wide receiver Brandon Reilly. Both players could be practice squad options though.
Offensive lineman Jordan Mudge and defensive ends Max Valles and Ian Seau (the nephew of the late Junior Seau) were among the cuts.
There also wasn’t a need for quarterback Keith Wenning, who was signed on Monday after starter Tyrod Taylor and backup T.J. Yates were put in he concussion protocol. Wenning completed five of 15 passes for 41 yards and had a passer rating of 42.4 in Thursday night’s preseason win over the Detroit Lions.
The Bills also reached injury settlements with wide receiver Rod Streater (dislocated toe) and safety Shamiel Gray (undisclosed injury) and also waived/injured wide receiver Jeremy Butler (concussion) and offensive lineman Michael Ola (ankle).
Linebacker Sam Barrington was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Like Powell, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson also will start the season on the suspended list.
Here’s the full list of cuts: QB Keith Wenning; RB Jordan Johnson; WRs Daikiel Shorts, Brandon Reilly and Dezmin Lewis; TEs Wes Saxton and Rory Anderson; OLs Cameron Jefferson, Jordan Mudge, Greg Pyke and Zach Voytek; DEs Max Valles, Ian Seau and Nigel Williams; DT Marquavius Lewis; LBs Abner Logan, Jacob Lindsey and Carl Bradford; CBs Bradley Sylve and Marcus Sayles; S Adrian McDonald, Joe Powell and B.T. Sanders.