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Tarvaris Jackson Contract Much Cheaper Than Originally Reported

Originally reported as a $4.5 million deal, WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia has the Tarvaris Jackson contract with the Bills worth a significantly cheaper $1.75 million. Does that change the dynamic of Buffalo's quarterback competition?


When the Buffalo Bills re-signed quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to a one-year deal last week, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the deal could potentially be worth as much as $4.5 million. WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia, however, has now published his own report that has the deal worth a significantly less $1.75 million.

Buscaglia reports that the deal includes $1.25 million in base salary, a $450,000 signing bonus and a $50,000 workout bonus. Note that there is no guaranteed money in the contract, either.

The $2.75 million discrepancy is massive, and it sheds an entirely different light on the impending quarterback competition between Jackson and incumbent starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. While the Bills will undoubtedly ask Fitzpatrick (due a $3 million roster bonus and $4.25 million in base salary this year) to take a pay cut at some point, the idea of keeping two veteran quarterbacks at $5.5 million in base salary and $9.2 million total suddenly seems much more feasible.