The Buffalo Bills have informed guard Jon Feliciano of his release. The guard tweeted a brief goodbye on Twitter and Matt Parrino from Syracuse.com reported it. The move puts Buffalo under the 2022 salary cap for the first time this offseason.
According to Parrino, the Bills approached Feliciano about taking a pay cut and he declined. With a $3.1 million salary in 2022, I said in February I didn’t think a pay cut would work. He can get at least $2 million in guaranteed money on the open market, so why take a pay cut to stay in Buffalo?
Update: Parrino has clarified his report. See the embedded tweet.
Let me add clarity to this: Source says Bills told Feliciano's camp that they couldn't keep him at his current number.— Matt Parrino (@MattParrino) March 10, 2022
According to Bills GM Brandon Beane, Feliciano was not offered to take a pay cut or to restructure his contract. https://t.co/NCwrVKqfoL
Feliciano’s contract had no guaranteed money in 2022 or beyond and his signing bonus was low, so his dead-cap hit is just $1.5 million. In short, it’s pretty easy to walk away if you’re Buffalo. The Bills save $3.1 million in salary as well as a $500,000 roster bonus, topping $3.6 million in total savings after taking into account the other bonuses he could earn.
So the Bills will have a new offensive line coach in 2022, and at least a few new faces. Feliciano is gone, Ryan Bates is a Restricted Free Agent, Ike Boettger is recovering from a torn Achilles, and that could just be the start.
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