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Just now, billsfan89 said:

I think a lot of people got on him excessively failing to see that just because a player was overpaid for his position doesn't mean he doesn't bring value to the defense. 

 

No, I think a lot of people got on him because there were too many plays showing him getting shoved back - not doing even his unsexy job of holding the point of attack

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But what do the good folk across the pond, you know, in the London hotbed of NFL football goings-on (someday) of PFF and the only opinion that matters to Chris Collinsworth, think about our boy Star?

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14 minutes ago, Bruffalo said:

His INT was one of the highlights of the season, as far as I'm concerned.

And Emmitt Smith's reaction to it.

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Totally predictable because it benefits both sides.  

 

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https://www.buffalorumblings.com/2020/2/11/21133661/buffalo-bills-star-lotulelei-agree-to-restructured-contract-ensuring-he-stays-on-the-team-in-2020

 

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Originally set to make $6.25 million in non-guaranteed base salary in 2020, his salary drops by $1.75 million to a guaranteed $4.5 million. He will also collect his $500,000 roster bonus due next month, $250,000 in a workout bonus, and up to $500,000 in per-game-active bonuses at $31,250 per game. If he plays in all 16 games, he will make $5.75 million in 2020. Lotulelei’s cap hit drops from $10.1 million to $8.35 million in 2020.

 

There is also a salary reduction in 2021 and 2022, according to Marcel Louis-Jacques. Instead of $6.5 million in 2021, his new salary will be slightly lower at $6.15 million but $2.5 million of it is now guaranteed for injury only. In 2022, he goes from $6.5 million to $4.6 million. All of his 2021 and 2022 roster, workout, and per-game bonuses stay in place.

 

Here’s a complete breakdown of each season. Old figures are in parentheses and italics.

 

Cap hit:

 

2020 - $8.35M (was $10.1M)

2021 - $10.5M (was $10.85) 

2022 - $8.95M (was $10.85M)

 

Dead cap:

 

2021 - Dead cap: $5.2 million
Cap savings if cut: $5.3 million

 

2022 - Dead cap: $2.6 million
Cap savings if cut: $6.35 million

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3 hours ago, YoloinOhio said:

Can Brandon Beane take over the Sabres too? 

Beane and McDermott work very well together. We have IMO the best young front office in the NFL. The stuff that happened in Houston actually benefits us getting Gaine back. 

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44 minutes ago, JoeF said:
 
 
The Bills and starting DT Star Lotulelei have agreed to a restructured contract for the final three years of his deal. For 2020, Lotulelei’s base salary drops by $1.75M, but becomes fully guaranteed, with $2.5M in injury guarantees for 2021 added. Some benefit for both sides.
 
The guy takes a lot of grief -- but I think he does his job pretty well.  His contract is likely an overpay but this corrects it a bit.  Maybe room to sign Jordan Phillips.

 

It's not a pay cut. Star not only gets paid, he gets paid more guaranteed money right now. Restructuring only provides the Bills salary cap flexibility in the short term. This also means Star is not going anywhere and will likely be on the team through 2021. 

 

 

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42 minutes ago, BigBuff423 said:

This will make a number of people happy, but honestly I don't think Star underperformed the way some on this board believe. IMHO, he did his job the way he was asked to do it and in the manner the Defense was designed for him to play in it....but, good for the team.

Sounds like not only people on this board disagree with you.

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46 minutes ago, JoeF said:
 
 
The Bills and starting DT Star Lotulelei have agreed to a restructured contract for the final three years of his deal. For 2020, Lotulelei’s base salary drops by $1.75M, but becomes fully guaranteed, with $2.5M in injury guarantees for 2021 added. Some benefit for both sides.
 
The guy takes a lot of grief -- but I think he does his job pretty well.  His contract is likely an overpay but this corrects it a bit.  Maybe room to sign Jordan Phillips.


paycut or cut. Smart move by Star to take the paycut. 

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1 hour ago, Bangarang said:

What’s the point of this?

Lowers amount of salaries at a position group that needs another signing. It also helps the Bills down the line if a cut is needed in 2022.

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3 minutes ago, Max Fischer said:

 

It's not a pay cut. Star not only gets paid, he gets paid more guaranteed money right now. Restructuring only provides the Bills salary cap flexibility in the short term. This also means Star is not going anywhere and will likely be on the team through 2021. 

 

 

It is most certainly a pay cut for this year and next

  He was not going to be cut this year, so his salary would have been guaranteed anyway.  

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14 minutes ago, YoloinOhio said:

Can Brandon Beane take over the Sabres too? 

Yes, but the price would be giving comp picks to the Pats and Bruins

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Sounds like a fair deal for both sides, and I’m not saying he’s Aaron Donald, but he plays a role in this defense.  Him clogging up middle is his job.  That is why I never understood the vitriol by a minority of posters.  Not calling anyone out, to me his role is also meant to Oliver, maybe J Phillips if we can figure out something to penetrate.

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1 minute ago, Max Fischer said:

 

It's not a pay cut. Star not only gets paid, he gets paid more guaranteed money right now. Restructuring only provides the Bills salary cap flexibility in the short term. This also means Star is not going anywhere and will likely be on the team through 2021. 

 

 

Star preferred a lower base over the next 2-3 years and staying with Bills instead of a higher base this year and likely getting cut and changing teams next year. 

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good move and provides flexibility going forward - I'd rather get a chunk of pay upfront

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