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Brad Smith's new contract would save Bills $2.85 million

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.

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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