Front Office Report
(Last Updated on March 25, 2015)
Welcome to our 2015 edition of our exclusive Front Office Section! This page will keep you updated on all the moves by the front office! Included is a look at the projected 2015 free agents and what we think the team will do with them. This will be the one page to look at for all roster and front office moves made during the year. We will also have a list of 2015 player contract signings, restructurings, & extensions as well as the details behind them as they become available! You can also take a look back at all the 2014 moves and contract details as well as previous years.
Here is a look at the 2014 free agents and what we predict will happen to them. It is a relatively small list this year. There are only 9 unrestricted free agents these players have four years or more of service.
Unrestricted Free Agents
These free agents are free to sign with any team they want in the off season with no compensation to the Bills. (They may be given compensatory draft picks for players lost in next year's draft.)
RB C.J. Spiller - Signed with the Saints 3/13.
DE Jerry Hughes - Signed with Bills 3/9.
G Erik Pears - Signed with 49ers 3/15.
LB Brandon Spikes - Likely gone as he doesn't fit into the new defensive scheme.
S Da'Norris Searcy - Signed with Titans; 4 yrs. $23.75M $10.5M guaranteed 3/10.
WR Marcus Easley - Signed with Bills 3/12.
TE Lee Smith - Signed with Raiders; 3 yrs. $9M 3/10.
DE Jairus Wynn - Signed with Bills 3/12.
LB Stevenson Sylvester - No need to keep him, spent all year on IR.
LB Larry Dean - Marginal pro, no need to keep him.
Restricted Free Agents
Players are restricted free agents if they have three or less years of service. The Bills have the right to match any offer any of these free agents get or receive compensation in the form of draft picks for each player lost. The round of the pick depends on where the player was drafted and/or the price of the qualifying offer given by the Bills.
OT Chris Hairston - Not tendered and is an unrestricted free agent.
Exclusive Rights Free Agents
These players have two or less years experience and has no bargaining power. They will remain with the Bills if they tender them.
WR Chris Hogan - Tendered an offer keeping him with team.
DT Corbin Bryant - Tendered an offer keeping him with team.
WR Justin Brown - Tendered an offer keeping him with team.
K Jordan Gay - Signed a contract extension 3/9.
Acquired By Trade
QB Matt Cassel - Acquired from Minnesota - 3/5 with 6th round pick for 5th round pick 2015 and 7th round pick 2016.
RB LeSean McCoy - Acquired from Philadelphia - 3/4 for LB Kiko Alonso. Agreed to new 5 year deal 3/8
Claimed Off Of Waivers
WR Justin Brown - Claimed off of waivers from Pittsburgh 2/3
NFL Free Agent Players
TE Charles Clay - Signed by the Bills 3/19
WR Percy Harvin - Signed by the Bills 3/13
QB Tyrod Taylor - Signed by the Bills 3/12
FB Jerome Felton - Signed by the Bills 3/11
G Richie Incognito - Signed by the Bills 2/7
DB Jonte Green - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/15
G Darryl Johnson - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/15
G Alex Kupper - Signed to reserve/futures contract 1/6
TE Chris Manhertz - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
FB Corey Knox - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/31
WR Tobais Palmer - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
WR Caleb Holley - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
DE Bryan Johnson - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
CB Rod Sweeting - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
G William Campbell - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
DT Jeremy Towns - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
OG D.J. Morrell - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
QB Jeff Tuel - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
FS Deon Broomfield - Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
ILB James Gaines- Signed to reserve/futures contract 12/30
Off. Coaching Asst. Jon Richt - Hired 3/12
Def. Coaching Asst. Mike Giuliani - Hired 3/12
Senior Offensive Assistant Chris Palmer - Hired 1/26
Defensive Assistant D'Anton Lynn - Hired 1/26
Special Teams Quality Control Coach Michael Hamlin - Hired 1/26
WR coach Sanjay Lal - Hired 1/26
Asst. Head Coach/RB coach Anthony Lynn - Hired 1/26
OL coach Aaron Kroman - Hired 1/26
QB coach David Lee - Hired 1/19
Asst. DL coach Jeff Weeks - Hired 1/15
TE coach Tony Sparano, Jr. - Hired 1/15
Asst. Special Teams coach Eric Smith - Hired 1/15
Asst. Strength and Conditioning coach Jason Oszvart - Hired 1/15
DB Coach Tim McDonald - Hired 1/15
DL Coach Karl Dunbar - Hired 1/15
LB Coach Bobby April III - Hired 1/15
Defensive Coordinator Dennis Thurman - Hired 1/15
Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman - Hired 1/13
Head Coach Rex Ryan - Hired 1/12
TE Scott Chandler - Released 3/11; Signed With Patriots 3/13
LB Kiko Alonso - Traded to Philadelphia 3/4
LB Keith Rivers - Released 2/17; Signed with Dallas 3/4
DE Ikponmwosa Igbinosun - Not signed off of practice squad to futures contract 12/30
QB Kyle Orton - Announced his retirement 12/29
LB Coach Fred Pagac - Hired as Broncos OLB Coach 2/2
Offensive Coordinator Nate Hackett - Hired as Jaguars QB Coach 1/28
DL Coach Pepper Johnson - Hired as Jets DL coach 1/24
Dir. Of Player Personnel Tom Gibbons - Fired 1/21
OL Coach Pat Morris - Dismissed from contract
QB Coach Todd Downing - Dismissed from contract
WR Coach Rob Moore - Dismissed from contract
TE Coach Greg Adkins - Dismissed from contract
Defensive Coordinator Jim Schwartz - Dismissed from his contract 1/13
RB Coach Tyrone Wheatley - Left for University of Michigan 1/10
Head Coach Doug Marrone - Opted out of his contract 12/31
Here is where we list contract details that we obtained through various media outlets. It is an approximation since the Bills do not release contract details. We list new contracts, restructured deals and extensions that happen for the 2015 season. Some players may be asked to restructure their contracts which would convert base salaries into signing bonuses to save cap money. This practice usually puts teams in a bad cap situation in future years so it isn't likely this off season since the team is in good cap shape.
TE Charles Clay - 5 yrs. $38M. $24.5M guaranteed. SB $10M. Roster Bonus $10M (2016). Base: $3M (2015); $1.5M (2016); $4.5M (2017); $4.5M (2018); $4.5M (2018). No trade clause first 3 years.
WR Percy Harvin - 3 yrs. $24M. Two voidable years. SB $3M. Base $2.9M (2015). Workout Bonus: $100,000 (2015). <
WR Marcus Easley - 4 yrs. $7M $2.2M guaranteed. SB $1.7M. Base: $825,000 (2015); $1.075M (2016); $1.1M (2017); $1.15M (2018). Workout Bonus: $100,000 each year. Roster Bonus: $250,000 (2016-2018).
DL Jairus Wynn - 2 yrs. $2.2M. SB $250,000. Base: $950,000 (2015); $1M (2016).
FB Jerome Felton - 4 yrs. $8.7M $4M guaranteed. SB $2.6M. Base: $1M (2015); $1.55M (2016); $1.25M (2017); $1.9M (2018). Workout Bonus: $100,000 each year.
LB Jerry Hughes - 5 yrs. $45M $22.15M guaranteed. SB $7M. Base: $4.625M (2015); $4.525M (2016); $5.4M (2017); $6.35M (2018); $6.35M (2019).
RB LeSean McCoy- 5 yrs. $40.05M. $26.55M guaranteed. SB $13.125M. Base: $2.625M (2015); $4.8M (2016); $6M (2017); $6.075M (2018); $6.175M (2019). Workout Bonus: $250,000 each year.
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