Buffalo Bills Running Back Takes Pay Cut To Remain With Team

The Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to rework veteran running back Nyheim Hines' contract, keeping him on the team for the 2023 season.

Hines was acquired by the Bills in a midseason trade with the Indianapolis Colts in 2022, but had limited involvement in the team's offense, recording just six carries for negative yardage and five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.

Under the new contract, some of Hines' base salary will be converted to a signing bonus, and he will have the opportunity to earn more than his previous salary of $4.79 million through incentives. While Hines is already under contract for the 2023 and 2024 seasons, the Bills had no guaranteed money under his previous deal, meaning they could have cut him without any dead money.

A former fourth-round pick in 2018, Hines was a solid offensive player for the Colts, recording 862 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns in his best season in 2020.

However, his integration into the Bills' offense was limited in 2022, with the expectation that second-year running back James Cook will improve this offseason. Despite this, Hines provided one of the season's best moments with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the Bills' Week 18 victory over the New England Patriots. 
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