As the Buffalo Bills' best offensive lineman holds out for a new contract, another member of the line was locked up for the long-term.
Brad Butler re-signed with Buffalo on Wednesday, and terms of the contract were disclosed Friday. The starting right guard signed for five seasons (through 2012). His old contract expired after the 2009 season. The deal includes $8.8 million in new money, reports say. That averages to $2.9 million on the three-year extension. In the all five years of the contract, Butler will make about $2 million per season.
The 6-foot-8, 315-pound Butler was an vital cog of the Bills' solid line development last year. He started all 16 games and meshed well with newcomers Derrick Dockery and Langston Walker. The Bills originally drafted Butler in fifth round of the 2005 draft.
The extension shouldn't damper the team's ability to pursue new contracts for Jason Peters and Lee Evans. The Bills remain well under the salary cap. But of course, Butler's contract might motivate Peters more to re-up his own contract substantially.