First, I just want to thank all the readers of this column for sticking around. It has been a long summer for me and my family.
The reason being my son born was born 10 weeks early in April and four months later he is still there in the NICU at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. He is okay and will be home soon, but we still have a long road ahead.
Well, now that is out of the way let’s get to the main point for this article. That being we now know why the Bills were not spending their $26 million in salary cap space.
Part of that reason is that the Bills signed defensive lineman Kyle Williams to a six year $39 million contract extension. That raises his salary cap figure from $3.75 million to $6.5 million.
With Williams signed the Bills will now turn their attention to wide receiver Stevie Johnson who is in the last year of his deal.
Johnson’s salary cap number is less than a million due to being drafted in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Johnson’s new salary cap figure is sure to be in the $10 million range.
That means $13 millio
n of the Bills $26 million will be gone with two players.
Finally, there is one other reason that the Bills need the cap space and that is quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Fitzpatrick is in the last year of his contract as well. That means if Fitzpatrick racks up the same numbers, or more, as he did last year the rest of it will go to him as top NFL quarterbacks make almost $20 million a year.
In the end, as much grief as people gave them the Bills were smart not to listen as letting those guys walk would be even worst.