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Arizona Cardinals sign ex-Bills tight end Charles Clay

Tight end Charles Clay, released Friday by the Bills, has a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals.

Clay's deal is worth up to $3.25 million with a $350,000 signing bonus, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Last season, Clay, who turned 30 last week, caught only 21 passes for 184 yards and no touchdowns. His total receptions ranked 42nd among tight ends in the NFL. It was, by far, the worst output of his four seasons with the Bills and the first time in his eight-year career that he did not have a TD. His catch totals before last season with the Bills were 51, 57 and 49, good for 17th, 12th and 14th among tight ends, respectively.

Clay's departure gave the team $4.5 million in salary cap savings. The Bills will have $4.5 million in dead-cap money from Clay’s original $9 million cap figure, but will save $4.5 million by not having to pay his base salary.

How new Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury intends to use his tight ends is unknown, but Clay joins veteran Jermaine Gresham as tight ends under contract. Ricky Seals-Jones and Darrell Daniels are exclusive rights free agents. John Phillips is a pending unrestricted free agent.

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