Now we know why


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.

Performance will depend



Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Kyle Williams signed a six year $39 million contract extension Friday. Even though Williams had a solid year in 2010, his performance will depend on others in 2011.

Williams has one problem in his game and that is his ability to make plays and hold his ground against double teams. Many of Williams’ plays came against single team blocking or the person performing a combo block did a terrible job.

Teams know this and is the reason why Williams disappeared late in the 2010 regular season.

The Bills recognized this problem by drafting defensive lineman Marcell Dareus in the first round this past April. Dareus so far has lived up to his billing as he has two sacks in two games.

With Dareus being so effective right away, even against double teams, opponents will have to double Dareus just to keep him out of the backfield.

In turn, that will allow Williams to go against single teams a lot more.

In the end, as long as the Bills starters on defense stay healthy, offenses will have trouble moving the football in 2011