Buffalo Bills: Salary Cap Space, Free Agent Talk and More

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The Buffalo Bills have an NFL-leading 24 players hitting the free agency market this offseason. We won’t bring all of them back.

According to Spotrac, the Buffalo Bills will only have 36 players signed next season, meaning the Bills are due for another very important offseason. With 24 players hitting the free agency market this year, Buffalo has a lot of holes to fill.

Obviously, some of those players will return and suit up in Red, White and Blue next season. However, we will have to say goodbye to a number of them and some of them will be hard to grip.

Let’s look at some numbers first — you know how much I like numbers. All numbers come from Spotrac.

As of right now, the Bills have 53 players signed to their roster — which is pretty common in the NFL. Only six teams have a different number: Tennessee Titans (52), New England Patriots (52), Cincinnati Bengals (52), Los Angeles Rams (52), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (54) and Kansas City Chiefs (54).

We currently have the 16th oldest team in the league (and the 17th youngest) with an average age of 26.4 years. Our $52.42 million spent on our offense is the 11th lowest in the league and our $55.87 million spent on the defense is the 16th most in the league. We have $18.25 million in dead cap and currently have $5 million in cap space — which is the 9th lowest total in the league.

Let’s move on to this offseason. At the start of the offseason, the Buffalo Bills will have roughly $32 million in cap space — noting that the NFL Salary Cap will be around $166-$170 million next season. That’s a big jump from last season, which will help the Bills a lot. Not to mention the roughly $5 million in rollover to bring our adjusted salary cap to around $173 million.

Buffalo’s 7 highest paid athletes will combine for a cap hit of $83.2 million. Those players are: Marcell Dareus ($16.4 million), Tyrod Taylor ($15.9 million), Cordy Glenn ($14.2 million), Jerry Hughes ($10.5 million), Charles Clay ($9 million), LeSean McCoy ($8.9 million) and Kyle Williams ($8.3 million).

The Bills will have a cap total of about $141 million before the offseason begins, which is where that $32 million in cap space comes from. It’s important to note that the $141 million includes Tyrod Taylor ($15.9 million cap hit), Aaron Williams ($6.625 million cap hit) and Marcus Easley ($1.9 million cap hit). If we don’t bring those three back, we would gain roughly $24 million more in cap space.

Alright, now we’re ready to dive into the Buffalo Bills‘ free agents this offseason and who we should think about bringing back next year.

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