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By Joe Buscaglia
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Bills Beat Blog: July 19, 2011

As the encouraging news rolls in regarding the NFL Lockout, we're getting closer and closer to football. To the blog!

With the likelihood that teams in the NFL will likely have to spend up to a salary cap floor, Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News lays out where the team sits in cap number at this point.
- According to plenty of reports, the salary cap in the NFL will be around $120 million. Gaughan's figures indicate that the Bills have $82 million comitted to their 53-man roster, leaving $38 million in cap room. It's unclear to this point what percent of the cap teams would have to hit, but it's fair to estimate a team's salary would have to register somewhere in the 90-percent range of the entire cap. With the salaries in the NFL, I don't think the Bills will have a problem getting up to the floor. I also think it's fair to expect a higher priced free agent comes to Buffalo now with the floor in place.

Multiple reports indicate that barring any setbacks, player representatives of every NFL team will vote in Washington D.C. on the new deal. That includes Bills S and player rep George Wilson.
- It's one of the final hurdles to jump, but once it goes to a vote I have a fairly hard time believing it will be rejected by either the players or the owners. Football is on the way. Thank goodness.

The Bills installation of the field turf is now in the cosmetic phase. Today, the team's official website released a picture of the field with numbers and hashmarks on them. Here's the photo:

The Bills are in need of a backup quarterback behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. One of those possible suitors could be Miami QB Tyler Thigpen. The Dolphins have often compared Thigpen, Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinel writes, to a "wild stallion, one that needed to be broken and trained before they let him out of the barn." But even as a favorite of some Miami fans, Thigpen will likely walk as a free agent under the new CBA rules.
- Thigpen is the odds on favorite to be the Bills backup next season. He's familiar with Chan Gailey and suceeded to a certain degree when the two were together in Kansas City. But, Thigpen may be yearning for something more than a backup job. He could go to a place like Carolina, Tennessee or Minnesota and be a fill-in starter before their rookies are ready to start. Either way, I think Chan Gailey will press hard to add Thigpen.

More Bills players are making the trek to Buffalo as a labor agreement seems almost inevitable. WR David Nelson has the unenviable task of driving from Texas to Buffalo, but is on his way to Western New York none the less.
- He's ready, I'm ready, we're all ready for football to be back.

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