Salary Cap could play Havoc with Some Teams


Dec 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson (28) is tackled by Houston Texans middle linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (52) and teammate Houston Texans free safety Shiloh Keo (31) during the second half at LP Field. Tennessee won 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The salary cap sometimes will come into play for players when a team is deciding how much a player is worth.  For the most part, a players worth has gone down, since a contract was offered and you don’t see a lot of big name guys that get affected by the cap.  It mostly comes into play for players that are middle of the road and on that brink of being a big name.

The Bills are not actually in this predicament this year.  They are opposite of this and are able to spend money if they choose.

There are five big name players that are in trouble if their teams decide they want to go another direction.

Dan Hanzus looked at the five big name guys and broke down what the chances were of them finding free agency.

Here are the five players: Chris Johnson – RB – Titans, Santonio Holmes – WR – Jets, Terrell Suggs – LB – Ravens, DeMarcus Ware – DE – Cowboys, and Julius Peppers – DE – Bears.

Both Johnson and Holmes are being predicted to be released in the mid to high 90%.  Johnson is a 95% chance and Holmes is a 99% chance.  The other three are sitting at 40%, 50%, and 60% respectively.

Would any of these players help the Bills?  The first two, I don’t think would have any value.  I am not real sure that Suggs would either.  Ware and Peppers might have an intriguing aspect if brought to Buffalo.  Peppers is getting older but to have Peppers and Williams or even Ware and Williams as your two ends with Williams and Dareus in the middle would by far be the best defensive line in the league and would possible make a run for the season sack record of 72 set by the Bears back in the mid 80s.

If Buffalo does look to make a financial deposit to one of these two players what would it mean for Hughes?  Do the Bills move Hughes back to OLB and have him coming off the edge opposite Lawson.  It would add more depth to the LB corps with Bradham as your first in?  You could also run with a five man front at times with Hughes or Lawson coming up on the line next to ware/Peppers and Williams.  There is definitely some interesting defensive schemes that could come out of an addition like Ware or Peppers.

Would you be in the market for one of these guys?