Report: Bills pay Kelsay $500,000 roster bonus

Posted on March 8, 2010 by Patrick Moran

According to Adam Caplan of, barring a trade it looks Chris Kelsay will be back with the Buffalo Bills in 2010.

Caplan said in his blog Sunday that the team paid Kelsay his $500,000 roster bonus that was due on March 5.

Kelsay will earn $3.7 million this season in base salary.

Chan Gailey said recently in an interview he planned on moving Kelsay and Aaron Schobel to outside linebacker in their new 3-4 defense.

Speaking of Schobel, Caplan said the Bills also plan on paying his $2 million roster bonus on March 9, meaning if he doesn’t retire he’ll be back in Buffalo next season as well.

If the organization truly plans on shifting the pair to outside linebackers, it appears set at the top of the depth chart with Aaron Maybin also in the mix.

It would also make it hard to fathom them signing Joey Porter, who Adam Schefter reported has been contacted by the Bills.

Of course it’s feasible the Bills could trade one or both of the converting defensive ends.  If that’s the case paying Kelsay’s bonus makes sense as it would bring something back via trade instead of not paying the bonus, releasing him and getting nothing in return.

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1 Comment on Report: Bills pay Kelsay $500,000 roster bonus

  1. Matt

    Talk about wasting money. $3.7M base and a $500K roster bonus for Kelsay! ugh! In this case, the following statement definitely applies to old Ralphy - ” A fool and his money will soon be parted!”

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