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Fullback Patrick DiMarco agrees to pay cut to stay with Buffalo Bills

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The Bills cleared some cap space today.

The Buffalo Bills and Patrick DiMarco have agreed to a contract restructure, cutting the fullback’s pay in the final year of his deal. The move was announced on the league’s transaction wire and was followed by details from The Buffalo News and Jay Skurski.

Skurski reports it as a $450,000 pay cut, with DiMarco’s cap hit going from $2.35 million to $1.9 million. Over The Cap reported it as a larger pay cut of $700,000. Skurski reported a per-game roster bonus, something that wasn’t previously reported on the old contract, so perhaps that is part of the restructure; Buffalo cuts his salary by $700,000 but he can earn $250,000 of it back in per-game roster bonuses. (Update: Skurski confirmed this educated guess.)

While a contract restructure for Star Lotulelei guaranteed him more money, this seems like a straight pay cut for DiMarco. There are no reports of guaranteed money or even a roster bonus to entice the agreement.

DiMarco has $500,000 remaining on his pro-rated signing bonus and a $50,000 workout bonus plus his salary.

Old contract

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

New contract

2020 cap hit: $1.9 million
Salary due: $1.1 million
Workout bonus: $50,000
Per-game roster bonus: $250,000 ($15,625 per game)
Dead money if cut: $500,000