Rodak mentions that the Bills specifically lowered Carpenter’s base salary from $2.025 million to $1.775 million and may have also tweaked his $250,000 roster bonus that was due this week.
According to Rodak, Carpenter’s $250,000 roster bonus that was due this week will now be paid if he’s on 53-man roster for their Week 1 game.
From the changes made to Carpenter’s contract, Rodak believes this is an indication of the Bills putting Carpenter on notice, seeing as he’ll have to earn his job and the roster bonus.
In the end, the Bills will free up $250,000 in available cap space from this move, per Rodak.
Carpenter, 30, is in the second year of his four-year, $9.95 million contract that included a $2.15 million signing bonus. He has base salaries of $2.025 million in 2016 and another $2.125 million in 2017 coming his way over the remainder of the contract.
In 2015, Carpenter appeared in all 16 games for the Bills and converted 23 of 27 field goal attempts (85.2 percent) to go along with 34 of 40 extra point tries and no touchbacks.