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Doug Whaley: Our cap situation is “pretty restrictive” right now

ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 03:  Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley talks to Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula beforethe first half against the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) Getty Images

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.

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40 Responses to “Doug Whaley: Our cap situation is “pretty restrictive” right now”
  1. joetoronto says: Jan 22, 2016 11:54 AM

    “Doug Whaley: Our cap situation is “pretty restrictive” right now and we don’t even have a QB”

  2. faepernick says: Jan 22, 2016 11:56 AM

    They should have never given Clay 38mil/5 years. That is how you get into a cap mess like this.

  3. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 22, 2016 12:01 PM

    Over the cap. You don’t have Flacco. You haven’t win something recently. Hummmm.

  4. coloradocowboy says: Jan 22, 2016 12:02 PM

    Dude, you’re the GM. If you do not know your current cap situation to the penny, you aren’t doing your job.

  5. robbieboston says: Jan 22, 2016 12:04 PM

    I always wanted incognito as a patriot. He’d be incredible under our coaching staff. And he’s a beast!

  6. mcneezy22 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:04 PM

    Over the cap and you suck… good luck buffalo

  7. 700levelvet says: Jan 22, 2016 12:07 PM

    This defense the Bills had was looking good…til
    Rex arrived…

  8. classclown71 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:11 PM

    Gee Doug, how do you end up over the cap when you haven’t made the playoffs in years? It’s not like you had a lot of talent to pay. I realize it may not all be on your watch, but you’ve had a few years to clean this up. Gettleman inherited a far worse team and cap with the Panthers and he has them on the verge of the super Bowl and is well under the cap.

  9. 12coltsfan12 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:18 PM

    the GM of the team says he ‘believes’ they’re over the cap??!!

    shouldn’t he know if they’re over the cap???

    the buffalo bills…the NFL’s punchline…

  10. ohand16 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:18 PM

    Defense needs a complete overhaul. Other than Dareus and Darby no one else is anything more than mediocre. Clean house defensively and rebuild with youth. You are fooling yourselves if you don’t.

  11. Patskrieg says: Jan 22, 2016 12:21 PM

    Cap problems in Buffalo? But how are they going to spend a trillion dollars in free agency in a few months? You know, that personnel tactic that has never once failed any AFC East team?

  12. ricko1112 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:27 PM

    Over the cap. No QB. Average defense, at best. Best player is a head case diva. Rex Ryan. Rob Ryan.

    My God…

  13. joecool16 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:30 PM

    Not a pats fan. Buffalo, Miami, NY get your $hit together and stop giving the division to new England every year. I mean this has really gotten boring seeing them in the playoffs every year. I was a big bulls fan when mj was there, but now I see what many people were talking about when they say they weren’t interested in watching the NBA playoffs at that time. I’m a big football and basketball fan but I’m not even interested in watching the Patriots anymore. Hell last year was the first time I went without watching the super bowl. Enough is enough. The bills fans deserve better after losing super bowl after super bowl. Get the damn cap fixed and build thru the draft!! This is coming from a skins fan who has suffered thru Dan Snyder’s foolishness.

  14. jonwill57 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:30 PM

    Signed Clay to a big contract; gave McCoy more money even though his contract didn’t call for it. Gave Marcel Darius a boat load of money and then he immediately made more complaints than plays!

    There’s three reasons right there.

  15. jonwill57 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:34 PM

    @joecool…New England is to the AFC East what San Fransisco used to be to the NFC West when it was San Fran; Atl; New Orleans and LA Rams. Jerry Rice and Steve Young made HOF just with the stats against those putrid teams.

  16. widerightyouloseagain says: Jan 22, 2016 12:40 PM

    No QB and over the cap, only in Buffalol.

    Wide right, you lose again.

  17. cross300 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:44 PM

    Not a pats fan. Buffalo, Miami, NY get your $hit together and stop giving the division to new England every year. I mean this has really gotten boring seeing them in the playoffs every year. I was a big bulls fan when mj was there, but now I see what many people were talking about when they say they weren’t interested in watching the NBA playoffs at that time. I’m a big football and basketball fan but I’m not even interested in watching the Patriots anymore. Hell last year was the first time I went without watching the super bowl. Enough is enough. The bills fans deserve better after losing super bowl after super bowl. Get the damn cap fixed and build thru the draft!! This is coming from a skins fan who has
    __________________________________________
    Thats too bad you missed the superbowl last year because it was the best one ever. Would you rather be back in a time when Buffalo went four straight years and got crushed 3 times in a row. The other teams have no chance because they dont have good coaching and qb. Sorry Skins fan weve got more years of dominance to come. Go Pats.

  18. craze32 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:49 PM

    well get used to it bills fans youre gonna suck next year too but i have good news pats are under the cap already for next year with absolutely no key free agents to sign this year this offseason for the pats is about celebrating another superbowl championship and locking up key players before they are free agents like jones.hightower.collins and butler then hopefully resign blount and hicks

  19. osiris33 (bandwagon since 1976) says: Jan 22, 2016 12:56 PM

    See how this is different than the Seahawks, who are $31 million UNDER the cap?

  20. teddysgloves says: Jan 22, 2016 12:57 PM

    All those criticizing for not knowing the precise cap situation need to learn to read. The cap is only projected at this time; it has not been set.

  21. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 22, 2016 12:57 PM

    But you got Rob Ryan at least to go with Rex so you’re all set, right?

  22. billsfan1 says: Jan 22, 2016 1:04 PM

    Dude, you’re the GM. If you do not know your current cap situation to the penny, you aren’t
    doing your job.

    quick, without looking… whats your bank account at to the penny??? yep, didnt think so…I guarantee you dont know without looking

  23. billsfan1 says: Jan 22, 2016 1:08 PM

    Cap problems in Buffalo? But how are they going to spend a trillion dollars in free agency in a few months? You know, that personnel tactic that has never once failed any AFC East team?

    a trillion dollars huh? That would surely put any team over the salary cap… Typical Pats fan, OVER sensationalize every thing…
    NE, trying to win without Brady…. boy when that day comes, we all see you jumping off the bandwagon

  24. footballfanatic says: Jan 22, 2016 1:10 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:54 AM

    Our QB had the 5th best QBR in the league……..not sure how u think we dont have a QB. Do you even watch football or do you just come on this site to troll?????

  25. billsfan1 says: Jan 22, 2016 1:13 PM

    the GM of the team says he ‘believes’ they’re over the cap??!!

    shouldn’t he know if they’re over the cap???

    the buffalo bills…the NFL’s punchline…

    says the guy who roots for the team with the drug addicted owner, and who had perhaps the greatest regular season qb in NFL history.. yet still only managed to win one super bowl…

  26. billswillnevermove says: Jan 22, 2016 1:25 PM

    Better to have a cap problem then not having a team problem. Only the loser from Toronto has to post twice on this thread under two IDs. Wow!!

  27. whitewalkerinphilly says: Jan 22, 2016 1:25 PM

    Geez, it’s not like things are dire. Seriously, let’s do the math with me here:

    Cutting overpaid, aging Mario Williams-12.3 million
    Converting all or part of Clays roster bonus to a signing bonus-up to 8 million
    Cut 39 yr old backup G Urbik- 1.7 million
    Sign Gilmore at Byron Maxwell money instead of 5th year option extension-2.3 million

    Even getting back over the cap that’s 13.3-21.3 over without even making any painful cuts.

  28. nhpats says: Jan 22, 2016 1:26 PM

    Good thing that have all that cash tied up in McCoy….

  29. bchap17 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:02 PM

    ricko1112 says:
    Jan 22, 2016 12:27 PM

    Over the cap. No QB. Average defense, at best. Best player is a head case diva
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    “You don’t know what you’re talking about.” – Anton Chigurh

  30. whenwilliteverend says: Jan 22, 2016 2:06 PM

    They have even bigger problems…

    They can cut Mario Williams and save $12.9M. Who else is killing their salary cap?

    Marcel Darius counts $14.5M against the cap this coming season but they would take a $20.35M cap hit if they released him so he’s not going anywhere.

    Charles Clay counts $13.5M against the cap but if they release him they take a $6M cap hit.

    Stephon Gilmore counts $11M against the cap and they could get all of that back if they cut him.

    The problem is, the Darius and Clay contracts are like a giant anchor. Of the ten highest salaries on their books next year, six of them would result in a cap hit if they were released. That doesn’t give much wiggle room. Whoever is managing their cap has managed to put the Bills in a big hole.

  31. billswillnevermove says: Jan 22, 2016 2:11 PM

    Got to love people talking about the cap when they don’t even know what it is for 2016.

  32. huggybear2014 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:24 PM

    Mario Williams is in his prime, he just doesn’t fit Ryan’s scheme. So he is the odd man out.

    And to the boobs saying the AFC East is a gimmie to the Pats. The lowly Phins the last three years have split with the Pats. Shoot Suh and company bruised and battered Brady in the season finale, a Miami win costing NE home field.

  33. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:31 PM

    Yes, that is the point, the cap is only estimated at this time, ” I believe we are over the cap ” is the correct answer, since the cap is not a finite number. I am sure Doug Whaley will create some cap room, sign who neefs to be signed and fill the holes in the draft.

  34. krhicks1025 says: Jan 22, 2016 2:43 PM

    The way some of these people talk, you would think they dont even keep up with football. Buffalo has Taylor at qb which has proven he can play (5th in league qbr) and there cap may be tight but is fixable with the right moves. Buffalo resigns the line and bring in a receiver, a couple releases on defense and sign a couple of players to fix the defensive scheme and there right up the with pats next season

  35. ledzeppelinfive says: Jan 22, 2016 2:53 PM

    How is it possible to have a minimum wage qb and still have cap problems? And stop saying Mario Williams is in his prime…..is Reggie Bush in his prime? They came out the same year….You Bills fans are so blind to reality.

  36. cuda1234 says: Jan 22, 2016 3:20 PM

    Should be easy enough to get Incognito’s price down. Just call out the media to slander him some more and write about how he doesn’t deserve a job. No reason to think they won’t comply.

  37. splashsaturn says: Jan 22, 2016 3:43 PM

    How is it a team with … I mean.. WHO??? Who… the heck is eating all the cap space??? You “believe” you might be over the cap? You don’t KNOW?? You’re just gonna pass the buck over “Jim” and have him “work his magic”. Holy cr@p. Well, you hired Rex, so I suppose the “wing and a prayer” strategy is your thing. As long as you’re all on the same page I guess. Good luck!

  38. billsrule2015 says: Jan 22, 2016 4:01 PM

    Love/hate comment. With the 1st pick in the 2017 NFL draft, The Buffalo Bills select….

  39. spankmarley says: Jan 22, 2016 4:01 PM

    They made the playoffs so all is well in Buffalo, right? Oh wait… my bad that was last year. No, two years ago?

  40. peytonmanningsforehead says: Jan 23, 2016 12:16 AM

    The bills will always suck, but I digress.
    faepernick says:
    Jan 22, 2016 11:56 AM

    They should have never given Clay 38mil/5 years. That is how you get into a cap mess like this.

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    I’d say the $100 million contract they gave Mario Williams was the bigger waste of money. Besides, of course, whatever they’re paying (Train) Wrecks Ryan.

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