Punter Matt Haack helped the Buffalo Bills free up some salary cap space over the weekend while likely giving himself another chance with the team.
According to NFL Network Tom Pelissero, Haack agreed to a revised contract. It included a pay cut.
In the new deal, Haack’s salary cap is increased from $1.9 million to $1.49 million and his salary is reduced to $1.14 million. The final year of his contract is also void and Haack will be a free agent after 2022.
Haack was inconsistent in his first season with the Bills. One game in particular, against the New York Jets, was his lowest point. This game included several botched punts.
At the end of last season, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane openly admitted that Haack had struggled. He signed a three-year contract with the Bills last offseason.
“Inconsistent year,” Beane said at his season-ending press conference. “He had ups and downs. Matt is a great boy, he worked hard, really, that didn’t always translate.
With what little relief Buffalo got from Haack’s new contract, there’s a chance the team could decide to use him competitively for Haack in training camp.
If the Bills don’t decide to sign another punter in free agency, Buffalo has two more picks for Day 3 in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft that could be in the ballpark for a punter there.