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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Three teams save cap room

By John Clayton
ESPN.com

The Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers and Oakland Raiders used the "June 1" cut designation on three players released Tuesday in order to save room under this year's salary cap.

Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, Panthers linebacker James Anderson and Raiders safety Michael Huff were waived as if they were released after June 1, which allows a team to place remaining salary cap proration into the next season. The collective bargaining agreement gives the team the ability to make such a cap move.

Had those three players just been outright terminated, none of the teams would have saved much under the cap. With this move, the Bills will end up saving $7.45 million for Fitzpatrick, the Panthers $3 million on Anderson and the Raiders $8 million on Huff. Next year, though, the Bills will take a $7 million cap hit on Fitzpatrick, the Panthers $2.8 million on Anderson and the Raiders $6.208 million on Huff.