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Safety Lawyer Milloy and tight end Mark Campbell also were released in moves that saved the Bills an estimated $9.1 million in salary cap space. The team has not determined whether to release veteran receiver Eric Moulds, who rejected the Bills' offer to restructure his contract earlier this week.
The cuts occurred prior to the start of the NFL free-agency period on Friday.
"It's that time of the year where all teams are involved in making some, to a degree, painful decisions,'' general manager Marv Levy said.
Levy said the team still wants Moulds to return, but the moves were not specifically made in order to help fit his $10.85 million salary cap number in under the estimated $95 million cap figure.
"It goes beyond just the Eric Moulds situation,'' Levy said. "We hope something can be worked out with him. We'd like to keep him and we'll continue to make our efforts to do so.''
Though the moves were influenced by the salary cap, Levy added that there were other issues involved in the decision to release the three starters.
"The style of offense and defense we will be running were factored in,'' he said. "We know you can't have everybody on your team that you'd like to have.''
Adams is a 12-year veteran and three-time Pro Bowl selection who was entering the final year of his contract since joining the Bills in 2003. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $2 million with a roster bonus of $750,000 due Friday. The move saves the Bills $3.5 million in salary-cap money.