Possible ways the Bills can clear room for Marcell Dareus under 2016 cap
The Buffalo Bills went big in 2015 to sign a bunch of stars and push their roster into a level of star quality players not seen in the last 20 years. The problem comes when the Bills need to resign some of their younger stars who have contracts that are set to expire over the coming year or two. The biggest name on that list is Marcell Dareus.
So what can you expect in way of salary for Dareus? We are talking quarterback money. There is a precedent set this year with stars at the same position signing for between $14 and $19 million a year Tampa Bay’s Gerald McCoy ($14 million per season) and Miami’s Ndamukong Suh ($19 million per season). Some would argue that Dareus is better than both. The big downside could come as they kick the can and leave themselves vulnerable to losing other up-and-coming young players like cornerback Stephon Gilmmore, tackle Cordy Glenn and linebacker Nigel Bradham.
Currently the Bills have $6.5 million in cap space for 2016 so how can the Bills make it work? ESPN’s Mike Rodak outlines a handful of ways that the Bills can open up cap room to fit Dareus in for the long term.