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2019 NFL Free Agency: Buffalo Bills’ contract for Ty Nsekhe shows value for potential starter

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It’s hard to call it a steal, but the Bills were judicious signing Ty Nsekhe.

Contract details for new Buffalo Bills offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe are finally out, and Bills fans should be happy with how judicious general manager Brandon Beane has been. The numbers are from Mike Rodak and show Buffalo paying low-end starter money for the 33-year-old tackle.

Nsekhe gets a $3 million signing bonus and his $3.2 million in 2019 salary is fully guaranteed. The $6.2 million is the only fully guaranteed portion of the contract. There are plenty of incentives built in to the contract, so if Nsekhe reaches certain playing-time incentives, he can earn up to $1.5 million more in 2019. That would also trigger a $1.5 million escalator for 2020, and he also has playing-time incentives built in for year two.

It’s a contract that protects Buffalo but also allows Nsekhe to earn more money if he plays a lot more. A good deal for both sides, Nsekhe is making the 42nd-most money among offensive tackles in the league. Factoring in rookie deals below that figure, he’s right at the bottom end of starting-caliber compensation in terms of 2019 cap hit and average annual value.

Here’s the full breakdown:

2019

Pro-rated portion of signing bonus: $1.5 million
Workout bonus: $100,000
Salary: $3.2 million (fully guaranteed)
Incentives: $1.5 million (NLTBE)

Cap hit: $4.8 million

Yearly cash: $6.3 million up to $7.8 million

2020

Pro-rated portion of signing bonus: $1.5 million
Roster bonus: $500,000
Workout bonus: $100,000
Salary: $3.1 million (guaranteed for injury only)
Escalator: $1.5 million based on 2019 playing time
Incentives: $1.5 million (NLTBE)

Cap hit: $5.2 million

Yearly cash: $3.7 million up to $6.7 million