Buffalo Bills Defensive Stars Take Pay Cuts to Free Up Cap Space

Published 03/13/2021, 2:59 PM EST


The Sean McDermott-coached Buffalo Bills were one of the surprise packages in the NFL last season. Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs led the Bills to their first AFC East title since 1996 with a 13-3 record. The Bills defeated the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens en route to the AFC Championship game.

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Dec 28, 2020; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) celebrates with Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

However, their campaign came to an abrupt end with a humbling 28-34 loss to Super Bowl LIV champions, Kansas City Chiefs. Despite the heartbreak, the Bills fanbase was more than happy with the team’s display over the course of the 2020 NFL season.

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The Bills made some big roster moves last year. But the decrease in the cap space due to the Coronavirus crisis means that the AFC East title holders are working with a limited budget of $5,295,320 this summer.

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Buffalo Bills defensive stars take pay cut ahead of 2021 season

The latest reports confirm that GM Brandon Beane has managed to free up some cap space by tying down two of his defensive stars to contract extensions.

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that DE Mario Addison and DT Vernon Butler have both taken pay cuts in order to add to the Bills’ offseason budget in the build-up to the 2021 NFL season.

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The report further states that Addison will make $1.99 million less than compared to 2020. Meanwhile, Butler took a pay cut of $2 million. But both Addison and Butler have performance-based incentives included as part of their deal.

Dec 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs with the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Bills are looking to move some more money around in order to free up additional cap space and make way for new signings. GM Beane is also aiming to re-sign soon-to-be free agents, Jon Feliciano and Daryl Williams.

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The AFC East franchise has been on an upward trajectory in recent years. They almost sealed a spot in Super Bowl LV last season. But a strong offseason in 2021 could be the key to going that extra mile this season.

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Daniel Arambur

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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