Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News writes that the Bills will probably need to approach DE Mario Williams about restructuring his contract in order for them to lock up DT Marcell Dareus to a long-term extension.
Carucci mentions that Williams represents the largest source of cap space given that he will count $19.4 million against the team’s salary cap.
A restructuring of Williams’ contract would likely include addition years added onto his current agreement.
Williams, 30, still has three years remaining on his six-year, $96 million contract that includes $50 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $12.1 million (2015), $11.5 million (2016), and $11.4 million (2017) over the next three years.
According to OverTheCap.com, the Bills could free up as much as $9,784,000 in available cap space by reworking Williams’ contract.
In 2014, Williams appeared in all 16 games for the Bills and recorded 43 tackles, a career high 15 sacks, two forced fumbles and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 defensive end in a 4-3 defense out of 59 qualifying players.