When I mentioned at Doug Whaley's hapless post-mortem news conference his Bills had been up against the 2016 salary-cap wall, Whaley shot back with a "well, actually" they would be between $10 million and $30 million under the cap this offseason.
That might sound like a lot of money. But the Bills enter free agency with the most expiring contracts in the NFL and perhaps no quarterback.
In a league-wide context, the Bills still have a serious problem. Only seven teams have less cap space. The other three AFC East clubs, two of which made the playoffs, have more room to sign players.
The NFL announced Wednesday the 2017 salary cap will be $167 million.
The Bills have $18.9 million of cap space, same neighborhood as the Falcons, Steelers, Seahawks and Cardinals. If the Bills part ways with Tyrod Taylor, the number would go up to $32.1 million, or almost half of the Patriots' $62.4 million.
Whaley has Buffalo in the type of cap situation you'd expect from a perennial playoff team or one that recently has won a Super Bowl or at least one with an elite quarterback on his second or third contract.
Yet, there the Bills are.