Bills General Manager Doug Whaley knows that he wants left guard Richie Incognito and left tackle Cordy Glenn back with the team in 2016, but he needs to clear some cap space in order to make that happen.
As it stands right now, the Bills are over the projected cap by a few million and Whaley said that the team is going to be working on getting that number down in order to facilitate the return of the two starting offensive linemen.
“Right now it’s pretty restrictive. I believe we’re over the cap,” Whaley said on WGR 550, via the team. “So [senior vice president of football administration] Jim Overdorf is going to be working really hard and work his magic. We have confidence that we’ll be able to put our best foot forward and try to get this done. When you have the number one rated rushing offense in the league you want to try to keep that as stable as possible. If we can get those five guys back and maintain the continuity up front that’s not only going to keep our running game strong, but it’ll help our quarterback improve as well.”
The expected release of defensive end Mario Williams is one way the Bills can clear space. They’d get more than $12 million in savings by parting ways with Williams and there will likely be other moves made as the team positions itself for free agency in the coming weeks.