The Buffalo News

Team gets $6 million more for cap for 2021

- By Vic Carucci and Jay Skurski

The Buffalo Bills have a better idea of how much money they’ll be able to spend in 2021. According to a report Thursday from ESPN’s Field Yates, the league has finalized the amount of unused cap space and other adjustment­s that each of its 32 teams can carry over and apply to the 2021 salary cap.

For the Bills, that total is $5,876,959. That’s slightly higher than expected. As of Thursday evening, the Bills had $3,771,955 in unused cap space, according to NFL Players Associatio­n records. In a year that cap space is going to be tight, an extra $2.1 million will be of at least some assistance to General Manager Brandon Beane.

The league’s baseline salary cap for teams for the 2021 season still has not been set, but is expected to be in the neighborho­od of $180 million. If it comes in at that number, the Bills’ actual 2021 salary cap will be $185,876,959.

The Bills have several key free agents, including linebacker Matt Milano and offensive linemen Jon Feliciano and Daryl Williams, that they will be interested in retaining. The team will also be interested in adding players from outside the organizati­on and will need to commit money to its 2021 draft class.

Heffernan going to Stanford

Terry Heffernan has left his position as assistant offensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills and is expected to become the offensive line coach at Stanford.

The Buffalo News confirmed the move, which was first reported by ESPN. Stanford has yet to announce Heffernan’s hiring.

Heffernan joined the Bills’ coaching staff in 2019 from Eastern Kentucky, where he had been associate head coach/offensive line coach. He also spent two seasons as assistant offensive line coach for the Detroit Lions, with whom he worked alongside Bobby Johnson, hired as the Bills’ OL coach in 2019.

Heffernan and Ryan Wendell were both assistant offensive line coaches for the Bills. Now, only Wendell will have that title.

Punter Palardy to visit Bills

Former Carolina Panthers punter Michael Palardy is expected to visit the Bills on Friday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

Palardy did not play last season after tearing a knee ligament while playing basketball with his son.

He was released last month in a salary cap move. He had signed a three-year, $7.25 million deal in 2018.

Bills punter Corey Bojorquez is a restricted free agent and it would be a shock if the Bills did not tender him a contract offer. The 24-year-old set a team record for gross average and led the NFL at 50.8 yards on his 41 punts. His net average of 44.0 yards was a team record.

The Canisius men’s basketball team started its season-ending series on a down note, losing to Siena, 7366, in Loudonvill­e Thursday.

The Griffs, 6-5 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and overall, got 21 points from Malek Green but trailed, 36-25, at the half to the Saints, 12-3 in MAAC play and overall.

Majesty Brandon was the only other Canisius player in double figures with 12 points. It was the first game for Canisius since Feb. 20, as their series with Niagara last weekend was canceled due to Covid-19 issues with the Purple Eagles.

Jackson Stormo had 18 points for Siena and Manny Camper 17. The Saints had a big advantage on free throws, making 17 of 23 attempts while Canisius had just nine attempts, making there.

The same teams close out the regular season tonight at 7 p.m. The MAAC Tournament starts nexct week.

Daemen women win

The defending East Coast Conference champion Daemen women’s basketball team is returning to the conference final after a 52-42 victory against Molloy on Thursday at Lumdsen Gymnasium in Amherst.

The top-seeded Wildcats host No. 2 seed Roberts Wesleyan on Saturday at 1 p.m. after Roberts (9-6) advanced with a 62-56 victory against No. 3 seed St. Thomas Aquinas.

Daemen (12-1) is ranked in both national Division II polls – No. 9 in D2SIDA and No. 12 by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Associatio­n.

Caroline White had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists to lead Daemen.

Earlier Thursday, White became the first Daemen women’s player to be named conference player of the year. In 12 regular season games, she averaged 15 points with 7.7 rebounds, had three double-doubles.

Sischo men’s POY

Daemen center Andrew Sischo repeated as ECC men’s player of the year and made the conference’s first team for the fourth consecutiv­e season.

Sischo averaged 27.3 points and 13.3 rebounds and enters the postseason ranked second in scoring and first in rebounding in Division II. This season, he became the school’s career leading scorer and became the first player in program history to surpass 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. He is only the second player in ECC history and the 15th player in Division II East Region history to reach both milestones.

Daemen (7-4, 7-2) is the No. 2 seed in the ECC tournament and hosts No. 3 Roberts Wesleyan (8-6, 6-4) Friday.

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