The Buffalo Bills started the 2023 NFL offseason $17.7 million over the adjusted salary cap of $227.7 million. The first thing Bills’ general manager Brandon Beane did was restructure the contracts of both Josh Allen and Von Miller to open up around $32 million in cap space. Beane then followed that up by restructuring or extending the following to open up more money for the Bills to spend:
- LB Matt Milano’s extension, opening up $6 million in cap space
- DT Tim Settle restructures, opening up $600,000 in cap space
- RB Nyheim Hines restructures, opening up $1.3 million in cap space
- WR Stefon Diggs restructures, opening up $5.4 million in cap space
The Bills went on to sign guard Connor McGovern, wide receiver Deonte Harty, wide receiver Trent Sherfield, quarterback Kyle Allen, and running back Damien Harris. They were even able to retain their own in Jordan Poyer and Dane Jackson amongst others (David Quessenberry, Ike Boettger, Cam Lewis, Tyrel Dodson, Sam Martin, Tyler Matakevich).
According to Over the Cap, Buffalo currently has around $10.2 million in cap space to work with. Here are some moves that the Bills can make to free up even more money.
- Restructuring offensive tackle Dion Dawkins could open $6.4 million in cap space
- Extending defensive tackle DaQuan Jones could open up a potential $4.7 million in cap space
- Trading defensive tackle Ed Oliver would free up $10.8 million in cap space
- Restructuring cornerback Tre White could open up $5.9 million in cap space
- Restructuring center Mitch Morse could open up $3.4 million in cap space
- Extending cornerback Taron Johnson could open up a potential $4.7 million in cap space
- Restructuring safety Micah Hyde could open up $4.3 million in cap space
Beane might not do any of these, and that is the most likely outcome. But, if Beane wants to make a move for a DeAndre Hopkins or Odell Beckham Jr., he does have some options in opening up more cap space in an offseason that he has crushed so far.