The details were not disclosed just yet due to team policy, but fans can expect that McGee’s contract will be much more team-friendly over the next two years.
This news comes just a couple days after the Associated Press revealed that Buffalo and free-agent No. 1 wide receiver Steve Johnson were “far apart” in contract negotiations.
McGee’s restructured contract is a good sign for the team. The 31-year-old cornerback (who will turn 32 in October) has suffered several injuries the past few seasons. He was set to make $3.6 million in 2012 and $4.6 million in 2013, according to Rotoworld.com.
The potentially lowered number against the cap won’t likely be huge, but every little bit helps. The Bills are not only trying to work out a long-term deal with Johnson, but they’re also hoping to land a top free agent at a position of need.
Players like Mario Williams, Cliff Avril, Brandon Carr and Vincent Jackson all come to mind when considering possible free agents who could come in and make an immediate difference for the Bills.
So, while the news of McGee’s restructured contract is good, there is still work to be done.
Buffalo needs to take the next step and capitalize on this opportunity by first re-signing Johnson. He’s reportedly asking for less than $9 million annually, according to Scout.com. While the Bills may be targeting a slightly lower number, the risk of losing Johnson isn’t worth it.
With a little extra wiggle room now, hopefully the Bills will shell out the extra money and retain one of their biggest offensive weapons for the next several years.
After that, they can turn their attention to targeting free agents.
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