Trying to figure out how much 2016 salary cap room the Buffalo Bills have has been tricky for the past two weeks, given the high number of roster moves and contract alterations the Bills have undergone in that time frame. After the dust settled from Tuesday's roster purge, ESPN figures have the Bills with $9.072 million in cap space, with less than a week remaining before the 2016 league year begins.
With Charles Clay's cap number reduced from $13.5M to $6M, Bills now have $9.072M in Top 51 2016 cap space, per @ESPNStatsInfo.— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) March 2, 2016
That figure, per Mike Rodak, includes the renegotiated Charles Clay contract, the franchise tag value for Cordy Glenn, and Tuesday's releases of Mario Williams, Kraig Urbik, and Boobie Dixon.
The Bills can still do more with their roster to clear out additional cap space. Long-term contract extensions for both Glenn and Stephon Gilmore would lower their 2016 cap figures significantly, and are the ideal ways to clear out additional cap space. Several other veterans could theoretically be approached to re-structure their deals, including Eric Wood, Kyle Williams, Leodis McKelvin, and Corey Graham (though they'd need to be careful not to ruffle any feathers). Some veterans, such as McKelvin and Dan Carpenter, could still be released. And recently-signed players like Marcell Dareus and Jerry Hughes could see bonuses or chunks of salary converted into signing bonuses to clear cap space, much like the Bills just did with Clay.
The 2016 NFL league year begins on March 9 at 4:00 p.m. ET, and you can bet that the Bills will have made more tweaks to their contracts to create even more space than $9.072 million by the time that date arrives.