"...The Bills don't spread out signing bonuses over the length of the contract on their own books. They count the entire bonus in the year it was paid out. Yet they've been at least $10 million under the salary cap the last three years (there was no cap last season; they were $11 million under the '09 cap).
Confused? I'll simplify: The Bills are still embarrassingly cheap. Wilson believes he's at a competitive disadvantage. They're not going to make major moves to improve the roster in the short term. If they were serious, they would address the fragile situation at offensive tackle."
...Yes I know this column was already a fanshot. But I'm isolating these two paragraphs in an effort to support Jerry's argument. He may rub people the wrong way with his negative tone, but he also routinely articulates in the most blunt possible fashion exactly what needs to be said. You have to overspend on some players to be a contender. You can't get a good deal on everyone. Poz is being overpaid by Jax, and we're all glad the team is not on the hook for that much, and that Buddy has replaced him with a comparable player at a much better pay rate. However, if the team were willing to slightly overspend in some select areas -- like a playoff contender might do -- we might have acquired an even better replacement, and also bolstered the offensive line. In other words, the team would be overpaying in areas of actual need, instead of overpaying for a wide receiver and a backup journeyman quarterback, and celebrating the bargain they got in addressing the team's worst unit.
Every year I'll be in the stands rooting for the players they do have, but it's my opinion that Sullivan's is the best possible explanation for the painful streak we've been on since the Music City Forward Lateral.