Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane got to work restructuring a few contracts before the start of the 2023 regular season.
In changing the contracts, Beane has dusted off his usual measure by converting base salary into a signing bonus which frees up salary cap space.
Per Spotrac, Johnson’s deal had $3.93 million of his 2023 salary into a signing bonus. He also had a void year added to the end of his contract in 2024. Johnson, 27, signed a three-year extension during the 2021 season.
In total, the two moves create $4.5M in salary cap space for the Bills. However, the team was approximately $1.3M over the cap prior to the news, which means Beane was aiming to get under the salary cap with the restructures, not create more space to make another addition.
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