The Buffalo Bills pulled off a stunning move on Friday night, trading Marcell Dareus to the Jacksonville Jaguars and unloading the most massive contract in team history in the process.
In 2017, the Bills save $6 million on the salary cap due to the loss of Dareus’ salary and in 2018, Buffalo saves about $2 million on the cap. (If you want more explanation, check out our Dareus-specific salary cap post which includes these two years and beyond.)
According to OverTheCap.com, that puts Buffalo at just under $155 million and gives them $12.5 million in cap space in 2017 after you include the players still on the roster, traded, and released.
In 2018, the figure is better with just over $120 million in top-51 money committed and more than $39 million in estimated cap space. Of course, contracts for Kyle Williams, Jordan Matthews, Lorenzo Alexander, Preston Brown, E.J. Gaines, and a host of other Bills comes off the books and they will need to be re-signed or replaced.