Every NFL team has contracts they wish they could ditch or players they hoped would live up to the big money handed them in free agency. Most of the time, that's not how it worked. Several Buffalo Bills provided a low return on their investment during the 2016 season.
The numbers we use have been calculated and assembled by Spotrac.com, and is the player's total salary cap figure for 2016. That includes prorated portions of signing bonuses, salary, and any other bonuses paid to give the most complete picture of total payments.
Number 6 - OL Patrick Lewis ($900,000 cap hit)
Buffalo re-signed Lewis in September of 2016 to make sure he was under contract for 2017. What doesn’t make sense is why they would do that. In his third year in the NFL, the minimum salary for Lewis would have been $600k but he made 50% more than that figure.
Originally signed as insurance for an injury to Eric Wood, Lewis wasn’t the man that went in when Wood was injured. Instead it was Ryan Groy, who was the top backup at guard and didn’t play center in any capacity during the preseason. In all, Lewis played in one game for 17 snaps despite Wood missing half the season. Lewis dealt with a knee injury from Weeks 4 through 8 but wasn’t on the injury report for any of the games Wood was sidelined.