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 3 - DE Jerry Hughes ($7.6 million cap hit)
Hughes has back-to-back great seasons in 2013 and 2014 but has followed them up with sub-par seasons under Rex Ryan in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, Hughes registered 31 tackles (a low for him in Buffalo) and just six sacks. He was outplayed all year by Lorenzo Alexander and at times was benched in favor of rookie Shaq Lawson.
The 15th-highest paid outside linebacker in the NFL, he took up nearly 5% of Buffalo’s salary cap but didn’t have that much of an impact. He was also flagged eight times for 80 yards. Both figures led the team.