Good News: Just In Buffalo Bills Confirm Another Contract Extension For Top Experienced Player

Just before the NFL’s new league year began, the Buffalo Bills made a significant amount of cap space available so they could add some players to their roster. Curtis Samuel, a wide receiver, signed the largest contract to date, reportedly for three years and $24 million. Here you have it—as always, the devil is in the details when it comes to NFL contracts.

Samuel’s $15 million fully guaranteed contract included a $6.9 million signing bonus. $5 million of his 2025 salary as well as his 2024 compensation are entirely guaranteed.

On February 10, 2025, or shortly after the Super Bowl on February 9, the remaining 2025 wage guarantees will be made.

Due to the signing bonus, his base salary in 2024 is the league minimum; but, with a $1 million roster bonus, it rises to $6.9 million in 2025 and $6.51 million in 2026, making for a highly equitable financial split.

Only $5 million of his 2025 salary is guaranteed, and the Bills have the option to terminate the deal in February of next year. If they let him go, they would still owe him $5 million, but whoever signed him in free agency would cover the difference. Let’s call it what it is: a $12.6 million one-year deal, or a $16 million two-year deal. The third year is a $8 million team option that is good for one year, and there is no guaranteed money until the 2026 league year begins.

It has per-game roster bonuses ($20,000 per game up to $340,000 per season) and a $150,000 workout bonus per season, same like the majority of general manager Brandon Beane’s contracts.

On a per-year average, Samuel is paid 32nd among wide receivers in the NFL, level with former Bills wide receiver Zay Jones and slightly above former Bills wide receiver Robert Woods. The Jaguars signed Gabe Davis to a $13 million contract with a $24 million fully guaranteed clause (which coincidentally is Samuel’s whole contract).

For Buffalo, it’s a good agreement because they may opt out of the contract at any time if things go wrong during the season.

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