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Matt Barkley contract numbers: Buffalo Bills backup quarterback very reasonable

The Buffalo Bills re-signed Matt Barkley to a contract extension during the week leading up to Christmas. With that, the Bills secured their backup quarterback of the next couple seasons and they did it without breaking the bank.

According to Mike Rodak of ESPN, Barkley’s salary numbers are very reasonable; $1.25 million in 2019 and $1.5 million in 2020. He received a $600,000 signing bonus with that cap hit spread between 2018, 2019, and 2020. It also includes $4687.50 in per-game-active roster bonuses up to $75,000. (Half of that will count against the cap for now, as he was active for eight games in 2018.) There are also workout bonuses and unspecificed playing time incentives.

All in all, it’s a very reasonable contract for a backup quarterback and virtually guarantees Buffalo will be spending the lowest total money on the quarterback position in 2019. It currently slots him in as the 42nd-highest QB cap hit according to Spotrac.

Here is the full breakdown of both of Barkley’s contracts with the Bills:

2018
Base salary: $418,235
Signing bonus: $200,000
Cap hit: $618,235

2019
Signing bonus: $200,000
Workout bonus: $250,000
Base salary: $1.25 million
Likely To Be Earned per-game roster bonus: $37,500
Cap hit: $1,737,500*

2020
Signing bonus: $200,000
Workout bonus: $250,000
Base salary: $1.5 million
Cap hit: $1.95 million**

* Will go up after 2019 season if he plays in more than 8 games
** Will be adjusted following 2019 season, adding in the games he was active in 2018.