SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 11: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills stands at the line of scrimmage against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game on December 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
With 2012 NFL free agency set to begin in just over two days' time, one of the biggest outstanding issues for the Buffalo Bills is offering restricted free agent tenders to key interior offensive linemen Kraig Urbik and Chad Rinehart. The reason they haven't done so already: the NFL has not yet set a salary cap.
FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer reports that the league is likely to unveil the 2012 salary cap number on Monday. (He says it'll be $120.6 million, for those interested.) Once the figure is official, teams will know what RFA tenders (and franchise tags) will pay out, and can then make those moves knowing what their books will look like.
With the cap number coming in a bit lower than many expected, it is a virtual certainty at this point that both Urbik and Rinehart will get tendered, meaning that if they agree to a contract with another team as a free agent, the Bills will have the option of matching or (in all likelihood) receiving draft pick compensation for the lost player(s).