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Bills get creative with Percy Harvin pact

Looking to save 2015 cap space, the Buffalo Bills gave wide receiver Percy Harvin a three-year deal that will most likely void to a one-year deal and put Harvin back on the market next spring.

Harvin's three-year, $24 million contract includes a $3 million signing bonus. If the Bills had given Harvin a strict one-year deal, that entire signing bonus would have counted against their 2015 cap, resulting in an unwieldy $6 million cap number this season.

Instead, the Bills got creative. They extended Harvin's contract to three seasons, which allows the $3 million signing bonus to count in equal parts ($1 million each season) in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The final two seasons -- which would pay Harvin a $9 million base salary each year -- are voidable, allowing the Bills to get out from the deal and only take a small "dead money" hit ($2 million in 2016 or $1 million in 2017) from Harvin's signing bonus amortization.

Here is how the deal is structured, from documents obtained by ESPN Stats & Information:

Signing bonus: $3,000,000

2015 season:

Base salary: $2.9 million (fully guaranteed)

Signing bonus proration: $1 million

Workout bonus: $100,000

Cap number: $4 million

2016 season (voidable):

Base salary: $9 million

Signing bonus proration: $1 million

Cap number: $10 million

2017 season (voidable):

Base salary: $9 million

Signing bonus proration: $1 million

Cap number: $10 million