BREAKING NEWS: Buffalo Bills Just Announced Another Contract Extension For Top Experienced Star

Dion Dawkins, a left lineman, signed a contract deal with the Buffalo Bills, but the statistics took a while to appear. It was always crucial to see how things worked out since it seemed like the huge domino Buffalo needed to add a few free agents because the trade cut Dawkins’ cap hit.

The Dawkins agreement was initially slated to be a three-year, $60 million extension; however, it now has a four-year, $71 million remaining in value.

According to his previous contract, Dawkins was slated to receive $10.3 million in cash with a $16.61 million cap hit in 2024. Rather, as they continue to prolong it into further years, his cash increases by $4 million and his cap hit decreases by $5 million.

Dawkins’s signing bonus under the new deal is $11 million. It is quite certain that he will collect his $2 million 2025 roster bonus in addition to his fully guaranteed $30 million contract for 2024, $2025, and a $6 million option bonus for 2025. Buffalo has just 24 months from now to terminate the agreement, with the first two years being fully guaranteed.

A $500,000 roster bonus and $4.75 million of his salary are guaranteed if he is on the roster five days into the 2026 league season.

Similar to the majority of general manager Brandon Beane’s contracts, he is eligible for annual incentives such as per-game roster bonuses ($20,000 per game up to $340,000) and exercise bonuses ($500,000 per season).

Out of all NFL tackles, this one has the 12th-highest guaranteed salary at signing. Of all the tackles in the NFL, the deal’s average value ranks eighth. For the Bills in 2024, it ranks as the fifth-highest cap hit.

These are the year breakdowns, commencing with the terms of his previous contract for the years 2024 and void years.

OUTDATED 2024
Signing bonus, prorated to $1.72 million
Option bonus prorated to $1.875 million
Reorganization prorated to $2.71 million
$500,000 is the roster bonus.
$250,000 is the workout bonus. $250,000 is the per-game active bonus.
Starting pay: $9.3 million

Cash for the year: $10.3 million
Maximum hit of $16.61 million

OUTDATED 2025
Reorganization prorated to $2.71 million
Prorated accelerated reorganization: $2.71 million

Cost of dead-cap: $5.43 million

ANNUAL 2024
Signing bonus, prorated to $1.72 million
Option bonus prorated to $1.875 million
Reorganization prorated to $2.71 million
$2.2 million is the new prorated signing bonus.
Bonus for working out: $500,000 Bonus for each active game: $340,000 ($20,000 for each game, all LTBE in 2024)
$2.16 million is the base pay (totally guaranteed).

AD
Cash for the year: $10.3 million
Cap hit of $11.5 million

2025
Reorganization prorated to $2.71 million
A prorated $2.2 million signing bonus
Bonus for prorated options: $1.2 million
$2 million in roster bonuses
Bonus for working out: $500,000 Bonus for each active game: $340,000
$11.045 million is the base pay (totally guaranteed).

Annual revenue: $19.885 million
Hit the cap of $19,999,833

2026
Reorganization prorated to $2.71 million
A prorated $2.2 million signing bonus
Bonus for prorated options: $1.2 million
$500,000 is the roster bonus.
Bonus for working out: $500,000 Bonus for each active game: $340,000
Starting pay of $15.465 million

Annual revenue: $16.805 million
Maximum hit of $22,919,833

Remaining dead cap: $14.1 million
$8.8 million in cap savings if eliminated from

2027 AD
A prorated $2.2 million signing bonus
Bonus for prorated options: $1.2 million
Bonus for working out: $500,000 Bonus for each active game: $340,000
Starting pay: $18.83 million

Annual revenue: $19.67 million
$23.07 million is the cap hit.

Remaining dead-cap: $8 million
$15 million in cap savings if removed

VOID YEAR 2028
A prorated $2.2 million signing bonus
Bonus for prorated options: $1.2 million

If not resigned or renewed, the cap hit will accelerate to $4.6 million.

VOID YEAR 2029
Bonus for prorated options: $1.2 million

 

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