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game against the Dolphins Ryan Groy Jerseys 2019 , but they weren’t able to put the game out of reach.Ryan Tannehill caught a touchdown pass from wide receiver Kenny Stills to cap a
51-yard scoring drive in the second quarter and safety Reshad Jones returned an
interception 29 yards for a touchdown two plays later to make the score 14-14
with 39 seconds to go in the half. The Bills took a knee after the ensuing
kickoff, so that will still be the score when the game resumes.Tannehill started
his college career as a receiver and the early part of Sunday’s game might have
led some to quip that he’d be better off at that spot. He was intercepted to end
each of the first two possessions of what might be his final game with the
Dolphins.The Bills scored their second touchdown after Tannehill’s first
interception, but Steven Hauschka missed a field goal after the second and the
offense has stalled since that point. That second pick was by cornerback
Tre'Davious White, who later left the game for a head injury evaluation.Dolphins
corner Torry McTyer left the game for the same reason after being wiped out by a
Logan Thomas block on a long Chris Ivory catch. The Dolphins opened the day
without Xavien Howard, so they are short on corners heading into the second
half. The former first-round pick is set to hit the open market a year from
now." OpinionBuffalo Bills Salary CapWhat would a Shaq Lawson contract extension
look like for the Buffalo Bills?New,44commentsThe former first-round pick is set
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for:What would a Shaq Lawson contract extension look like for the Buffalo
Bills?TwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailEarlier this offseason, the
Buffalo Bills declined to pick up former first-round selection Shaq Lawson’s
fifth-year option. With that decision, Lawson will be a free agent following the
2019 season, but does that mean he couldn’t end up back in Buffalo on a
different deal?When Buffalo declined to pay Lawson White Vladimir Ducasse Jerseys , they turned down a one-year, $10 million extension. That was too rich for Buffalo’s blood. Using that as a guideline,
let’s take a look at what type of contract a solid rotational piece can nab on
the free agent market.Lawson, aged 25, is angling for his second contract in the
NFL and is not likely to take a hometown discount until he at least sees what
other offers are out there following 2019. With 10 sacks and 76 tackles in 35
games over three seasons, he’s a decent defensive end in the league, but not
among the great or elite players at the position.You can’t compare Lawson’s
numbers to that of the big free-agent prize from 2019; Trey Flowers. Flowers has
6.5 or more sacks in each of his last three seasons (21 total) while racking up
164 tackles. His production is more than double that of Lawson.Here are some
better comparables:Alex OkaforThree years, $17.9 million ($11.5
guaranteed)Kansas City ChiefsAt 28, Okafor is three years older than Lawson and
finds himself on his third NFL team Vladimir Ducasse Jerseys 2019 , joining the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason after a solid two-year stint in New Orleans. With the Saints, he had 4
and 4.5 sacks with 36 and 43 tackles in 2018 and 2017. He started 26 games over
the last two seasons. Pro Football Focus actually ranked Lawson ahead of Okafor
in 2018. Trent MurphyThree years, $22.5 million ($10.375 guaranteed)Buffalo
BillsAfter averaging five sacks per season over his first three years, Murphy
missed 2017 with a torn ACL. That didn’t stop Buffalo from signing him to a
solid deal when his rookie contract expired. Murphy did have problems
flip-flopping from DE to OLB in Washington, but in Buffalo he’s played only
defensive end under Sean McDermott.DaQuan Jones ($14 million guaranteed)Three
years, $21 millionTennessee TitansJones was the Titans’ starter at defensive end
by his second season and developed into a solid run defender at the end spot. He
also contributed 3.5 sacks in his contract year before re-upping in Tennessee.
With 102 tackles in the three years before his contract extension, he’s outpaced
Lawson and been very healthy. Contract projectionAfter being passed over by the
team when they refused to pick up his option, it would seem this path is
probably not likely, but I think that if there is no bad blood between the two
sides White Jason Croom Jerseys , a compromise could be reached.If you fully guarantee his 2019 salary (most of it is guaranteed anyway), you can tack on $1.85 million to
the figure of the new contract to make it look better. Add in $10 million
guaranteed that he turned down for the one-year option, but use a creative
structure, and you can make both sides happy; Lawson can claim he signed for
more than the fifth-year option and the Bills can get a longer deal with lower
money.New deal: Three years, $22.15 million extension with $8.15 million in
guarantees including a $2 million signing bonus and immediate $3 million roster
bonus ($7.38 million AAV)Total deal: Four years, $25.5 million with $10 million
guaranteed ($6.375 million AAV)2019Signing bonus (rookie deal): $1.419
millionSigning bonus (new deal): $500,000Salary: $1.85 million (Fully
guaranteed)Roster bonus: $3 million (Fully guaranteed)Cap hit: $6.769
million2020Signing bonus: $500,000Workout bonus: $200,000Salary: $3.15 million
(Fully guaranteed)Cap hit: $3.85 million2021Signing bonus: $500 Jason Croom Jerseys 2019 ,000Roster bonus: $500,000Workout bonus: $200,000Salary: $5.5 millionCap hit: $6.7 millionDead cap if released: $1
millionCap savings if released: $5.7 million2022Signing bonus: $500,000Roster
bonus: $500,000Workout bonus: $200,000Salary: $6.9 millionCap hit: $8.1
millionDead cap if released: $500,000Cap savings if released: $7.6 millionIn
effect, it serves as a one-year extension, tacking on the 2020 season for the
cost of $8 million in new guaranteed money White Rafael Bush Jerseys , a number a little more palatable than $10 million. Lawson would make good money in years three and four of the deal, betting on himself if
he plays well over the next two seasons. (Of course, he could just bet on
himself in 2019 and have a good year and sign for more than this.)I don’t expect
this contract to happen—there isn’t a need for it if you’re Lawson unless you’re
worried about being hurt or having a down year in 2019—but this at least gives
us parameters to have the conversation.
Posted 14 Oct 2019

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