Niagara Gazette

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July 29, 2013

Bills Training Camp: Smith reportedly reworks contract

Niagara Gazette — PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Brad Smith restructured the final two years of his contract with the Buffalo Bills in a move that provides the versatile playmaker a better shot at making the young team's receiver-stocked roster.

A person familiar with the decision said Monday that the new deal provides the Bills additional salary-cap space and also better reflects Smith's production over his first two seasons in Buffalo. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the move, and Smith did not reveal the reason behind it.

"Yeah, I'm not really discussing that," Smith said. "It's kind of personal between myself and the team. I'm just glad to be here in camp working."

The National Football Post first reported Smith had restructured his contract on Sunday, before the Bills opened training camp in suburban Rochester.

Smith is a seven-year veteran, who also doubles as a kickoff returner and wildcat quarterback specialist. He signed a four-year, $15 million contract with the Bills in free agency in July 2011.

Not including bonuses, he was set to make a $2.75 million base salary this season, and $3 million next year.

That could have proven pricey for a player who is seeking to find a niche in new coach Doug Marrone's offense, and after the Bills spent the offseason overhauling their group of receivers.

Buffalo used second- and third-round draft picks to select Southern California receiver Robert Woods and Texas speedster Marquise Goodwin. The Bills then followed up by signing undrafted rookie free agents Da'Rick Rogers and Brandon Kaufman. Both have a shot to make the roster.

Add in second-year player T.J. Graham, and that leaves Smith in a crowd of receivers competing for spots behind returning starter Stevie Johnson.

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