The Bills have locked up all seven of their 2016 draft picks and are left with $11,558,254 in cap space at their disposal before the start of the season. Check out the details of each drafted rookie’s contract below:
DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson: First-round, pick No. 19 – Lawson officially inked his deal – the richest of the group – on June 6, agreeing to a 4-year deal worth about $10.27 million, all of which is guaranteed. His $5.67 million signing bonus is prorated over the life of the contract, making it worth about $1.4 million per year. In year three of the deal Lawson will own a base salary number over one million at $1.38 million. As is the case nowadays for all first-round draftees, Lawson’s contract includes a fifth year team option, which they can decide to pick up during the 2019 off-season. The pass rusher’s contract comes in with the 14th highest price tag on the Bills’ roster.
2016 Cap Hit: $1,868,904
LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama: Second-round, pick No. 41 – Ragland signed his four-year rookie deal worth $5.84 million on May 24. With signing bonus values of $612,067 in each year of the contract (add a dollar for the 2019 season), the linebacker is guaranteed $3.16 million. That total accounts for the lump sum of his signing bonuses along with his $715,517 base salary in 2017. In year-four, Ragland will make a base salary number of $1.24 million.
2016 cap hit: $1,062,067
DT Adolphus Washington, Ohio State: Third-round, pick No. 80 – Washington agreed to terms of his first NFL contract on May 17, signing a four-year $3.189 million deal. His 2016 base salary matches those of Williams, Listenbee and Seymour – $450K – but the latter years of the deal feature base earnings of $555K, $661K and $776K. Washington’s yearly signing bonus is also the first among this year’s signed rookies to exceed $100K, coming in at $188,574. $754,296 of the third-round pick’s contract is guaranteed.
2016 cap hit: $638,574
QB Cardale Jones, Ohio State: Fourth-round, pick No. 139 – The last of the draftees to sign, Jones’ contract is good for four years, $2.72 million. $383,393 of it is guaranteed. That value accounts for his signing bonus, which is of course prorated over the life of the deal to the beat of $95,848 in the first three years and a small increase to $95,849 in year four. The former Buckeye’s base earnings follow the same trend of those drafted after him, as Jones starts out making $450K, then $540K in year two, $630K in year three and finally $720K.
2016 cap hit: $545,848
RB Jonathan Williams, Arkansas: Fifth-round, pick No. 156 – Williams joined what Karlos Williams dubbed the “Legion of Zoom,” officially, on May 13, signing a four-year $2.58 million deal. The former Razorback will earn a $60K signing bonus in each year of the contract as well, and $240,915 of the deal is fully-guaranteed.
2016 cap hit: $510,228
WR Kolby Listenbee, TCU: Sixth-round, pick No. 192 – Listenbee signed his four-year, $2.4 million contract on May 12. The speedy wideout’s base salary numbers follow suit with Williams, but his yearly signing bonuses are a little more than half of what the rookie RB will earn, $33,233. Close to $241K of Listenbee’s contract is fully-guaranteed.
2016 cap hit: $483,233
CB Kevon Seymour, USC: Seventh-round, pick No. 218 – As the first draftee to be signed, Seymour inked a four-year, $2.44 million contract with the Bills on May 11. Similar to Williams and Listenbee, his base salaries for each of the coinciding years between 2016 and 2019 are exactly the same, with a smaller signing bonus amount of $25,089 included in every year of the contract up until it’s expiration. Only a little bit over $100K of the contract is guaranteed to Seymour.
2016 cap hit: $475,089