By Tim Graham
Brad Smith's best maneuver to make the Buffalo Bills' opening-day roster had nothing to do with running pass routes.
Smith signed a revised contract July 26, and while that fact has been reported for weeks, the new numbers hadn't been filed with the league until Thursday.
NFL Players Association documents shows Smith's new deal will save the Bills $2.85 million in base salary.
He had been scheduled to make $2.75 million this year and $3 million next year, numbers that would take some serious in-field convincing for the Bills to keep him. Although Smith provides stellar core-four special-teams support, his role as a receiver is pedestrian.
But his base salaries are now $1.625 million this year and $1.4 million next year.
Smith's team-friendly deal also calls for a roster bonus of $500,000 this year and $250,000 next year and $75,000 in incentives each year.