Charles Clay restructures contract with Bills

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The Bills signed tight end Charles Clay after the Dolphins placed a transition tag on him last offseason by structuring a deal for Clay’s services that the Dolphins weren’t willing to match.

One of the features of that deal was a $10 million roster bonus due in March of this year that helped give Clay a cap number of $13.5 million for the 2016 season. That number wasn’t helping a tight Bills cap situation, so they made a move to make it easier to swallow on Thursday.

General Manager Doug Whaley announced that Clay agreed to restructure his contract to help create more cap space in Buffalo. Whaley didn’t announce the particulars, but the Bills website reports that the roster bonus was converted to a signing bonus that spreads $7.5 million of the cap hit out over the next three seasons.

That would leave Clay with a $9 million cap hit in each season, which the Bills hope will bring more production and fewer injuries for Clay than he experienced in his first season with the team.

The new cap space should help Buffalo’s efforts to re-sign tackle Cordy Glenn and guard Richie Incognito. Whaley said there are other players that may alter their deals as well in the coming days and defensive end Mario Williams is expected to be cut loose in a move that will give the team more cap room while also ridding them of a 2015 headache.

12 responses to “Charles Clay restructures contract with Bills

  1. Total sham. The offer by Buffalo last year was not matched by Miami because it was so ridiculously skewed in large payment 2015 and 2016. Now a year later they are allowed to rework the deal. By not matching the Buffalo deal, Miami also lost the right to any compensatory Draft pick as well.
    This is a complete sham and should be investigated by the NFL. The Bills just got away with a rort.

  2. I was sad to see Clay leave Miami but the Bulls overpaid and I’m glad the Dolphins didn’t match. Obviously, I wish they hadn’t signed Suh too but you can’t have everything I guess. Unless you support a team with a cohesive front office.

  3. @uglydingo

    It is all perfectly legal to do. The Dolphins would have been free to make the exact some offer that the Bills did. The difference being that the Bills wooed Clay harder, while the Dolphins poured money into Suh and Tannehill.

    Clay could have been perfectly able to tell the Bills to pound sand. But this way, he still gets his money, and it makes it more difficult to cut him by adding another year before it actually gives the Bills more cap space.

    No one but a gun to the Phins head and told them to put a cap hit of $28.6 million on Suh this year. That’s a choice they made themselves.

  4. Clay might not of had stats but as a bills fan who watched him play week in and out, I’ll say he is worth every penny. He made the occasional big play in the passing game and we did lead the league and rushing with him blocking out there too. He also is a team guy willing to restructure. Go Bills!

  5. The best thing that everyone is missing is Rex will be forced to produce or pack his bags.

    With him bringing his brother on staff and his other choices he now has no excuses for subpar performances this year

    Writing is clearly on the board either you take this team to next level or find a seat on your couch next year!

    Either way win/win for Bills fans

  6. fanofpft says:
    Feb 26, 2016 11:25 AM
    The poison pill that killed super Mario.

    No, I’m pretty sure that Mario’s play last year and that he publicly bad mouthed his coach, in conjunction with a $20 million cap hit will do it.

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