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Posted: Saturday, 27 July 2013 8:22AM

Report: Bills, WR Smith sign renegotiated deal



(WGR 550) -- The odds of veteran Buffalo Bills wide receiver Brad Smith to make the 53-man roster just got better. According to Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post, the Bills and Smith have signed a renegotiated contract.

Heading in to training camp, Smith had two years remaining on his initial four-year agreement signed with Buffalo. Owed a base salary of $2.75 million this year and $3 million the next, the Bills also would have been on the hook of paying a $500,000 roster bonus each year if the wide receiver had made the team.

Those figures, plus his prorated signing bonus, means that Smith originally due to have a cap hit of $3.8 million in 2013 and $4 million in 2014. While details of the structure of the new contract haven't been released just yet, it's fair to assume it will be a team-friendly deal that gives the Bills the option to keep Smith around if he earns his spot on the roster.

In two seasons with Buffalo, the 29-year old has caught 37 passes for 392 yards and three touchdowns, but was more looked at for his work in Wildcat formations and on special teams. With a change in philosophy, it's unknown whether the Wildcat will be back again under new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

However, Smith's work on special teams and as a receiver were compelling enough to the team for them to renegotiate his contract. He's likely fighting for a pair roster spots at the receiver position with the likes of Da'Rick Rogers, Chris Hogan and Marcus Easley.

Smith and the Bills get in to their first practice on Sunday night at St. John Fisher College.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

All photos courtesy of AP
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