BBD Contributor: Paul Banach
With the recent trades for running back LeSean McCoy and quarterback Matt Cassel to Buffalo, the Bills added $15 million in cap hits for the 2015 season, according to Spotrac’s salary cap numbers. As a result, the Bills are down to “roughly $13 [million] in cap space,” according to ESPN’s Mike Rodak, which will force GM Doug Whaley to be creative in trying to make improvements through free agency without spending big money.
It has been reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that McCoy’s contract will be restructured, which should free up more cap space this year in exchanging for giving McCoy more guaranteed money in later years. But while this may give the Bills more flexibility, it still won’t be enough for them make many more major acquisitions. That said, the Bills might able to land the following five-pack of signings and re-signings if they are smart with how they negotiate their contracts.