Buffalo Bills top-5 cost-effective veteran contracts
By Avery Duncan
The Buffalo Bills have a bevy of cost-effective contracts in the book, but what are the five best veteran ones?
For years, the Buffalo Bills took part in awful salary cap management processes, with their on-field production acting as a direct result. Since 2017, the same can’t be said. Now in his third year as a general manager, Brandon Beane has shored up the Bills’ salary cap, wheeling and dealing his way to cap comfort.
The Bills’ current salary cap table is a thing of beauty littered with cost-effective contracts (Over The Cap, Spotrac). There is a caveat, some of those best contracts are rookie contracts — which are nearly always cost-effective. For this list, we are going to weed out those always team-friendly rookie, and undrafted deals, opting for veteran contracts only.
That means all players drafted (or undrafted) by the Bills from 2016 to now won’t be featured. It would simply be too easy to qualify Josh Allen, Tre’Davious White, Matt Milano, or Tremaine Edmunds as cost-effective contracts, when recognizing they are underpaid relative to production. There is still an abundance of affordable contracts to choose from.
Beane should be praised for his salary cap management in Buffalo. Though he’s overpaid for some players in the past, most of his signings are on team-friendly deals. In fact, all the cost-effective veteran contracts on this list signed during the Beane era.