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Buffalo News Claims – “Bills are Embarrassingly Cheap”

Columnist Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News minces no words when discusses the Bills’ front office. The Bills are still embarrassingly cheap. Wilson believes he’s at a competitive disadvantage. They’re not going to make major moves to improve the roster in the short term. If they were serious, they would address the fragile situation at offensive tackle.

There’s a new collective bargaining agreement, but that doesn’t mean Ralph Wilson is ready to throw around piles of money. For one thing, the Bills aren’t obligated to spend a set amount on salaries this season. There is no salary floor for individual teams in the first two years of the new agreement.

Under the new CBA, total league salaries must be 99 percent of the cap, which is expected to be $120 million a team. The free spenders (Philadelphia, the Jets, et al.) will get the league to that figure by spending well over the cap and pushing costs into the future.

Individual teams will be required to spend 89 percent of the cap in actual dollars — starting in 2013. That’s the basic “cash to the cap” philosophy the Bills have been using for the last four years.

The Bills don’t spread out signing bonuses over the length of the contract on their own books. They count the entire bonus in the year it was paid out. Yet they’ve been at least $10 million under the salary cap the last three years (there was no cap last season; they were $11 million under the ’09 cap).

Sullivan is complementary about the moves the Bills have made this offseason- signing Brad Smith and Tyler Thigpen, re-signing Drayton Florence. He’s even more complementary about a deal they didn’t do. The Jags signed linebacker Paul Poslusnzy to a 6-year, $45 million contract. Sullivan believes the Jags drastically overpaid for what he describes as “an average linebacker on his best day.” The Bills filled the hole in their defense by signerd linebacker Nick Barnett for 3 years and $12 million. A great deal for a player who is probably an upgrade over Poslusnzy.

Nix has made it clear that he’s building through the draft. That’s fine. A few years from now, he might have a real contender. But if you think the Bills are fully committed to winning right now, you’re kidding yourselves

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