Bills restructure two veteran contracts, freeing up $4.5 million in cap space

The Buffalo Bills needed to do some work to get in line with the salary cap before the start of the season, and they did so with two contract adjustments.

According to ESPN's Field Yates, the Bills accomplished some financial maneuvering to get back under the salary ceiling without having to make any squad cuts.

"The Bills have restructured the contracts of G Ryan Bates and CB Taron Johnson, creating roughly $4.5M in 2023 cap space," Yates wrote.

The Bills are now back under the salary cap, with a little more than $1 million left over for any potential roster adjustments in the coming weeks.

According to Anthony Licciardi of, the Bills were one of eight NFL teams that needed to stay under the wage cap before their Week 1 games.

The Bills needed to cut $3.3 million in compensation, with contract restructures providing nearly $1.2 million in additional wriggle room.

Bates will start at right guard for the team this season, but youngster O'Cyrus Torrence impressed in training camp and the preseason and might contend for the job. 

Johnson has been a stalwart in the secondary, recording 90 tackles and one interception last season.

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