Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - The Buffalo Bills on Monday released guard Ruben Brown for salary cap reasons.
Brown, an eight-time Pro-Bowl selection, was originally drafted by the Bills in the first round -- 14th overall -- of the 1995 draft. The former Pittsburgh All-American played and started in 136 games for Buffalo.
The move came down after Brown was due to receive a $1.8 million bonus if he was on the roster on Wednesday, the first day of free agency. He also was due for a base salary of $2.7 million this season.
Brown, who missed only eight games in nine seasons, started 15 games last year before being excused by the team from playing in the season finale against the New England Patriots last December.