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Buffalo Bills Links, 6/2: Bills free up some cap space

The Bills cleared around $8 million in cap space by restructuring Stefon Diggs’s contract

June 1 is an important date on the NFL calendar. In today’s edition of the Buffalo Bills daily links, we examine a move made by general manager Brandon Beane to create nearly $8 million in salary cap space: restructuring the contract of All-Pro wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

We break down the deal and examine its ramifications for 2021 and beyond, speculate on whether the new-found cap savings will be used to pursue a trade for disgruntled Philadelphia Eagles’ tight end Zach Ertz, and more.

We also hear how Diggs and quarterback Josh Allen were among the most popular jersey sales in the NFL, learn how head coach Sean McDermott left with a good feeling about the Bills following their effort at the recently concluded OTAs, discuss which rookie has the best chance at developing into Buffalo’s latest weapon, and more!

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Bills open salary cap space by restructuring Stefon Diggs’ contract – what might they do with it? | Buffalo Bills News | NFL |
According to a report Monday from ESPN’s Field Yates, the Bills have converted a portion of wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ base salary into a signing bonus, freeing up $7,812,222 in space under the 2021 cap.

Bills restructure Stefon Diggs’ contract to create $7.8 million in cap space for 2021 (report) -
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The Buffalo Bill have opened up over $7.8 million of salary cap space in 2021 by converting wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ base salary into a signing bonus, spreading the cap hit out over the next three years, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

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“The Buffalo Bills converted more than $11.7 million of wide receiver Stefon Diggs’ base salary into a signing bonus, a source told ESPN’s Field Yates, saving the team roughly $8 million of salary-cap space,” writes Marcel Louis-Jacques.

Does this mean a Zach Ertz trade is coming?

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Buffalo’s effort at OTA’s leaves strong impression on Sean McDermott

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