ORCHARD PARK NY - NOVEMBER 28: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers escapes the rush while Chris Kemoeatu #68 holds Kyle Williams #95 of the Buffalo Bills during the game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 28 2010 in Orchard Park New York. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images)
Late last week, the Buffalo Bills gave defensive tackle Kyle Williams a six-year, $39 million contract extension that will guarantee the six-year veteran $17 million. The team also spent a solid chunk of change in free agency, using the $42 million they saved on Paul Posluszny between Drayton Florence, Nick Barnett and Brad Smith. They also brought in Tyler Thigpen for $11 million.
Even after all of that, the Bills are reportedly still $24.47 million under the 2011 salary cap - per a Jason La Canfora source, at least - representing the sixth-most cap room of all 32 NFL teams. Only Kansas City, Tampa Bay, Cincinnati, Jacksonville and Denver currently have lower team salaries.
It's been reported that the Bills will now try to reach a long-term contract extension with wide receiver Stevie Johnson now that Williams has a new deal. Obviously, any deal with Johnson - which could rival deals signed by Santonio Holmes (five years, $45.3 million, $24 million guaranteed) and Sidney Rice (five years, $41 million, $18.5 million guaranted) - would eat into that available budget.