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#1 Posted : Sunday, February 10, 2019 10:32:37 PM(UTC)

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The Buffalo Bills signed Vontae Davis to be their second starting cornerback before the free agency period even began. They crossed off a need on their list and moved on from the oft-injured EJ Gaines. On Sunday Youth Zay Jones Jersey , Davis was inactive for the first game of the season and most folks seem to think his salary is now some horrible burden. It’s not.A little info: NFL vested veterans, players who have been in the league for at least four years, have their salaries fully guaranteed if they are on the opening day roster. So from the outside, it looks like the Bills guaranteed Davis’ $5 million contract when they kept him on the roster just to make him inactive. “If they weren’t going to play him, they should have cut him so he didn’t get his guaranteed money,” was a refrain I heard Sunday afternoon and even into the evening.That’s not the story.When Davis signed, $3.5 million of his single-year pay was fully guaranteed; $1.5 million of his signing bonus and $2 million of his $2.25 million base salary. The only thing that’s fully guaranteed as a result of Davis being on the roster Sunday is the extra $250,000 of his base salary. The rest was already promised and accounted for.The rest of Davis’ contract is incentive-based. He already made $250 White Stephen Hauschka Jersey ,000 for working out this summer. He gets $15,625 for every game he’s still on the 53-man roster and another $46,875 if he’s active. If Buffalo releases Davis today, they only added the $250,000 in salary plus his roster bonus of $15,625 by not releasing him before the opener. Seems to me like a no-brainer to keep him around. Through two quarters, the Buffalo Bills are hanging in against the New England Patriots. They trail the division leaders 9-3 at the half, within range of a single touchdown to take the lead. Of course White Jerry Hughes Jersey , with this Buffalo Bills offense, even a single touchdown may be too much to overcome in any given game.The Bills defense has bent, but hasn’t broken, facing Tom Brady and the high-powered Patriots offense. They allowed the Patriots to get deep into Buffalo territory on three drives in the first half, but snuffed out each one and forced New England to settle for field goals. Matt Milano (pass breakup), Tremaine Edmunds (TFL) and Lorenzo Alexander (sack) were the key playmakers on each of those drives.Buffalo’s offense was a sight to behold from the start of the game. They opened with a Wildcat run for a first down, then went back to variations on the direct snap multiple times. Buffalo also attempted a double reverse flea flicker, which fell incomplete past Charles Clay. The Bills , acknowledging their limited passing attack with Derek Anderson and their receivers, sprinkled the college concepts into other drives throughout the game, but still struggled to convert first downs. Buffalo finally found room to work late in the first half, scoring a 47-yard field goal to get on the board with three. Unfortunately, they finished the drive with 1:44 for Tom Brady to work. The veteran quickly diced up Buffalo’s soft zone coverage to put his team in field goal range and add one more score before the half. Fortunately, Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski hooked the 50-yard attempt wide right, preserving the six point lead.The Bills will receive the ball to start the second half. Can they turn this game around? We’re talking about the game in here. Go Bills!
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