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Updated Buffalo Bills salary cap number following Marcell Dareus trade

The Bills cleared cap space in 2017 and 2018.

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

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, 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.