Details for OL Daryl Williams’ new Bills contract

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More details on the new contract signed by offensive lineman Daryl Williams have been released.

On Friday, the 28-year-old was re-signed by the team via a three-year extension. New information on the deal reflects a bit like the contract linebacker Matt Milano signed with the team.

Williams’ annual average value on the deal is $8 million per season. The total contract is worth $24M, according to Sportrac. In terms of bonuses and further breakdowns, here’s that via ESPN’s Field Yates:

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The way Williams’ deal is setup like Milano’s is via the salary cap hits. It’s the smallest in the first year and increases in the next two years.

Here’s the cap hit breakdowns for Williams:

  • 2021: $6.2M ($9.4M dead cap)

  • 2022: $8.93M ($3.6M)

  • 2023: $8.93M ($1.8M)

The reasoning for spacing out the dead caps in such a manner is the salary cap dropping in 2021. Last season the cap was set at $198.2M, but dropped to $182.5M due to COVID-19 keeping fans out of stadiums.

With the way Williams’ deal sets up with the declining dead cap hits, if the Bills want to keep him around, he could be in line for a contract restructuring as early as next offseason. With most expecting the salary cap to go back up after 2021, that wouldn’t be a problem.

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