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Buffalo Bills salary-cap implications of releasing Ty Nsekhe

Can the Bills move on from the big man?

In an effort to provide Buffalo Bills fans with information, we are tackling the potential release of right tackle Ty Nsekhe. Maybe he lost a step following his injury, maybe the team wants to get younger, or maybe they want to throw all their trust behind Cody Ford. For whatever reason, Nsekhe is on the chopping block in this scenario.

He has the 11th-highest cap hit on the team in 2020 and is going to turn 35 during the season. Add in spending a second-rounder on a supposed right tackle last year and it doesn’t seem so crazy that Buffalo would move on.

What would it cost for the Bills?

The veteran only has one year left on the deal he signed last offseason and it’s a very reasonable cap hit for a starting offensive lineman. His $5.2 million cap hit is a combination of $1.5 million from his signing bonus, $3.1 million in salary, $500,000 for a roster bonus (due March 22nd), and a $100,000 workout bonus. The pro-rated portion of the signing bonus is the only dead money left.

It should be noted that Nsekhe had a $1.5 million playing-time escalator in 2019 that would have also added $1.5 million to his 2020 salary. He only played 33.58% of Buffalo’s snaps in 2019 and that was likely not enough to earn any of the incentive.

2020 cap hit: $5.2 million
Salary due: $3.1 million
Roster bonus: $500,000 (March 22)
Workout bonus: $100,000

Dead money if cut: $1.5 million
2020 savings if cut: $3.7 million