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2019 Buffalo Bills salary cap: Trent Murphy, Jerry Hughes bonuses likely mean roster locks

In addition, Jerry Hughes was given his roster bonus on the fifth league day of the 2019 season

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Outside of Jerry Hughes, the Buffalo Bills pass rush is slim. Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott recognize that and they did their homework on two of the top pass rushers to hit the free-agent market. Trey Flowers was on the Bills’ radar before signing with the Detroit Lions and Ziggy Ansah is still on that radar after the Bills hosted him for a visit in Buffalo.

Trent Murphy has two years left on the three-year deal he signed before the 2018 season. Coming off a torn ACL, Murphy was a gamble to begin with. His production last season wasn't what we expected and, quite frankly, disappointing.

With no new faces brought in for pass-rushing purposes and the $3 million given to Murphy on the fifth day of the league year, $2.5 million in guaranteed salary and $500,000 in a roster bonus, the likelihood of Murphy being on the roster even if the Bills were to add a player like Ansah, is high. It would cost the Bills $6.5 million in dead money towards the cap to part ways with Murphy.

On top of Murphy’s bonus, Jerry Hughes also earned his $1 million roster bonus, as well. Hughes wasn't going to be a player the Bills would've thought about cutting, but his trade value has caused some speculation.