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Buffalo Bills restructure DT Vernon Butler’s contract

The Buffalo Bills on Wednesday restructured defensive tackle Vernon Butler’s contract, saving some salary cap space in the same way they did with center Mitch Morse on Tuesday. Morse received a $3 million pay cut but the majority of the remainder salary for 2021 was fully guaranteed.

Butler was set to make $5.5 million in base salary plus a $1 million roster bonus in 2021 (view the full contract breakdown here). He can also earn $750,000 for reaching a certain number of sacks and a per-game roster bonus of $250,000. We don’t have word yet how much of a haircut Butler took on his salary, but we can assume it’s at least a couple million dollars.

The team also released WR John Brown and DE Quinton Jefferson to save $14.4 million in salary cap space for 2021. Add the $3 million from Mitch Morse and the money from Butler’s pay cut, and the Bills are close to $20 million in cap space to re-sign free agents and add new players to their roster. And it’s likely they aren’t done trimming just yet.