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Salary cap ramifications of the Buffalo Bills releasing Patrick DiMarco

The Bills spend money on the position.

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

Patrick DiMarco enters the final year of his contract with the Buffalo Bills set to turn 31. He is one of just a couple dozen fullbacks in the NFL and one of the highest-paid. Could the Bills get better at the position or just eliminate the position in their offense altogether?

The money wouldn’t prohibit them from doing so. Here is the salary cap breakdown:

The only dead money on his salary cap number is the $500,000 pro-rated portion of his signing bonus. You can likely add the $50,000 workout bonus to that list because without a roster bonus, that’s all it will take to keep him through the offseason.

At $1.8 million in salary, DiMarco is third on the league’s list of fullback salaries.

2020 cap hit: $2.35 million
Salary due: $1.8 million
Workout bonus: $50,000
Dead money if cut: $500,000

2020 savings if cut: $1.85 million if released before workout bonus is earned