After being a part of the Buffalo Bills since 2018, Ike Boettger, a seasoned guard, faced an unexpected release when he failed to make the active roster for the upcoming season. Fans and experts believed he would be re-signed to the practice squad, but that didn’t happen. Instead, the Bills signed 16 other players to the practice squad, leaving Boettger without a spot. His wife, Katie Boettger, shared her thoughts on Instagram, suggesting that his time in Buffalo had come to an end.
Katie Boettger’s Reflective Instagram Post
Katie Boettger shared photos of her husband and their children in Bills gear on September 4, expressing gratitude for the time they spent in Buffalo. She mentioned the various experiences they had, from starting their married life there to dealing with a pandemic, injuries, and more. Katie thanked the coaches, other wives, and the community for their support.
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Supportive Messages Pour In
The post received an outpouring of well-wishes from fellow Bills players’ loved ones, including Micah Hyde’s wife, Amanda, and Dawson Knox’s girlfriend, Alex Seefeldt. Bills general manager Brandon Beane’s wife, Hayley, also expressed her appreciation for the couple.
Boettger’s Unexpected Release
Ike Boettger’s release came as a surprise to many. Even though the Bills had re-signed him earlier in the offseason, the team made several other additions to the offensive line, making his spot uncertain. Experts had previously predicted that Boettger might be one of the most challenging cuts due to his popularity in the locker room and his resilience after suffering a season-ending Achilles tendon injury in 2021.
Boettger’s Journey and Recent Visit with the Colts
Boettger had faced a challenging journey, battling through injuries and making a strong return to the field. After his release, he had a visit with the Indianapolis Colts, but he remains a free agent. There is also speculation that he could reunite with former Bills players in the New York Giants, where former Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll now serves as head coach.
A Potential Asset for the Giants
Some experts suggest that Boettger could be a valuable addition to the New York Giants due to his reliable pass protection, having allowed only one sack between the 2020 and 2021 seasons. While he may not be a superstar, he could provide stability in the Giants’ offensive line.
Emily Bicks, a sports contributor at Heavy, specializes in covering the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks. She has been contributing to Heavy since 2019 and has conducted interviews with notable sports figures such as Jerry Rice and Shaquille O’Neal.