Counting the Bills: Offensive line

July, 11, 2014
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Continuing a series analyzing the economics of the Buffalo Bills' roster, position by position:

Position: Offensive line

Total cap value: $22,525,875
Compared to NFL average: 4.6 percent less
NFL positional rank: 20th

Portion of Bills' total cap number: 16.3 percent

2014 cap numbers:
Eric Wood: $5.95 million (4th on Bills, 36th among NFL offensive linemen)
Erik Pears: $3.45 million (Bills: 11th; NFL: 64th)
Kraig Urbik: $3.375 million (Bills: 12th; NFL: 66th)
Chris Williams: $2.4 million (Bills: 18th; NFL: 92nd)
Cordy Glenn: $1.326 million (Bills: 26th; NFL: 135th)
Doug Legursky: $1.1 million (Bills: 28th; NFL: 142nd)
Cyrus Kouandjio: $874,331 (Bills: 32nd; NFL: 160th)
Chris Hairston: $748,977 (Bills: 34th; NFL: 174th)
Mark Asper: $570,000 (Bills: tied for 47th; NFL: tied for 242nd)
J.J. Unga: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 59th; NFL: tied for 297th)
Antoine McClain: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 59th; NFL: tied for 297th)
Cyril Richardson: $468,000 (Bills: 68th; NFL: 337th)
Seantrel Henderson: $432,700 (Bills: 70th; NFL: 350th)
Macky MacPherson: $420,000 (Bills: tied for 78th; tied for 402nd)
Edawn Coughman: $420,000 (Bills: tied for 78th; tied for 402nd)

Average per year:
Wood: $6.9 million (4th on Bills, tied for 25th among NFL offensive linemen)
Urbik: $3.65 million (Bills: 12th; NFL: 65th)
Williams: $3.287 (Bills: 13th; NFL: 72nd)
Pears: $3.1 million (Bills: tied for 14th; NFL: 78th)
Glenn: $1.216 million (Bills: 25th; NFL: 137th)
Kouandjio: $1.202 million (Bills: 26th; NFL: 138th)
Legursky: $1 million (Bills: tied for 31st; NFL: tied for 150th)
Hairston: $645,000 (Bills: tied for 41st; NFL: tied for 224th)
Richardson: $603,000 (Bills: 46th; NFL: 241st)
Henderson: $567,700 (Bills: 53rd; NFL: 275th)
Asper: $525,000 (Bills: tied for 59th; NFL: tied for 300th)
MacPherson: $510,000 (Bills: tied for 68th; NFL: tied for 354th)
Unga: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 77th; NFL: tied for 397th)
McClain: $495,000 (Bills: tied for 77th; NFL: tied for 397th)
Coughman: $465,000 (Bills: tied for 84th; NFL: tied for 433rd)

Most overpaid: Pears and Urbik. The Bills had problems on the right side of their line last season, where Urbik (right guard) and Pears (right tackle) were positioned. The pair of veterans both face stiff competition this summer, especially after the Bills drafted Kouandjio (second round), Richardson (fifth round) and Henderson (seventh round). In addition, Hairston looked to be pushing for a starting job during OTAs and minicamp this spring. Pears, 32, is in the final season of his three-year extension and the Bills can avoid paying his $2.75 million base salary by cutting him before Week 1. If Urbik loses his starting job, he'll be among the most overpaid Bills. He has three years left on his deal, meaning the Bills will have eat some money if they keep him on the bench or cut him, the latter of which is unlikely.

Most underpaid: Glenn. There's nothing that can be done about Glenn's contract until after this season, as he and the Bills will have to wait until after his third year to renegotiate his contract. He was arguably the Bills' best lineman last season, and with another strong season will be at the top of the list for an extension.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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