It was reported on Saturday morning that the Buffalo Bills have agreed to a revised contract with Matt Haack
The Buffalo Bills at this point are continuing to try and find ways to open up as much salary cap space as possible before the new league year on March 16th. They have released players like Jon Feliciano and A.J. Klein and on Saturday made another move by agreeing to a revised contract with punter Matt Haack.
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Bills signed Haack to a new contract that reduced his pay to $1.135 million as well as voided the last year of his contract. The team originally signed Haack last offseason as a free agent to a three-year deal worth $5.45 million.
Buffalo Bills are likely to add another punter this offseason
The move to revise the contract makes the likelihood of the Buffalo Bills adding another punter and having a serious training camp competition almost a certainty. After the season, general manager Brandon Beane mentioned how they were planning at looking at other punters this offseason, which could be in free agency or the NFL Draft. According to Spotrac, the Bills could release Haack this year under the revised contract with only $700,000 in dead cap.
The Buffalo Bills are not a team that punts often due to having one of the top offenses in the league. However, when they did punt they were near the bottom in most categories and Haack finished last in the NFL in net yards per punt (37.6) among punters with fifty or more punts.
Where Haack sets himself apart, and one of the reasons the Bills were likely willing to give him another chance at the job with a revised contract, is as a holder. During the season, Tyler Bass was on The Pat McAfee Show and they discussed how important the relationship is between kicker and holder.
Bass gave Haack a lot of credit for how good he is at that part.
While this is important, there is no question that Matt Haack will need to show more as a punter if he hopes to remain with the Buffalo Bills in 2022.