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Vernon Butler restructure will save the Buffalo Bills $2 million in cap space in 2021

When the Buffalo Bills restructured the contract of defensive tackle Vernon Butler, we weren’t exactly sure what that would mean. Now Spotrac has updated their page with the information so we thought we would pass it along.

Instead of making $5.5 million million in salary in 2021, that’s been slashed to $3.5 million. It is just a straight $2 million pay cut. His salary cap number goes down by that much, as well. No other changes were made to the structure in 2021, the final year of his deal.

You can read all the previous contract details in our original article from 2020 here.

Old 2021

Signing bonus: $1 million
Roster bonus: $1 million
Workout bonus: $100,000
Salary: $5.5 million ($1.5 million guaranteed for injury)
Incentive: $750,000 for sacks
Per-game roster bonus: $250,000 ($15,625 per game)

Cap hit: $8.6 million up to $10.1 million
Dead cap if cut: $1 million
Cap savings if cut: $7.6 million up to $9.1 million

New 2021

Signing bonus: $1 million
Roster bonus: $1 million
Workout bonus: $100,000
Salary: $3.5 million ($1.5 million guarantees on 3/21)
Incentive: $750,000 for sacks
Per-game roster bonus: $250,000 ($15,625 per game) (14 LTBE = $218,750)

Cap hit: $5,818,750