Big Baller Beane does it again! Mitch Morse has been a vital part of this Bills offensive line, but what he was due to be owed this season meant many had, unfortunately, dubbed him as cap casualty. Thankfully, Beane didn’t let that happen.
A two-year, $19.5M deal
Morse is still under contract for one year, so he’s now signed with the Bills through 2024. According to NFL’s Mike Garafolo, of the $19.5M, $12M is guaranteed.
Morse was due to have a hit of $11.25M to the cap this season. With the extension that figure drops to $9M, saving $2.25 against the cap. This really helps the Bills to make more offseason moves, whilst keeping a vital part of the offensive line.
Initially starting his career with the Chiefs, Mitch Morse had a decent start in Kansas City, before injuries marred his play time and his backup Reiter took over. Considering what he was due, the Chiefs opted to sign Mathieu and let Morse take on free agency, where the Bills picked him up to protect their young QB, Josh Allen. Just 26 years old at the time, this was an easy choice for the Bills to make.
And it paid off. Morse has been the only consistent and reliable player on this offensive line. In his three years with the Bills he has missed only two games. During this time, he has allowed just 15, 19, and 26 QB pressures, respectively.
But his performance on-field is just the tip of the iceberg. Morse has been constantly praised for his leadership, “he brings brings perspective and sensibility. He sees around corners and tries to stay practical” (Nick Fierro, Bills Central). Most recently this is displayed through his willingness to take a $2M pay cut last season to ease the cap hit. Leading by example.
I absolutely love this move from Beane, not only reducing cap hit, but ensuring that this stud stays in Buffalo for the time being.