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Contract details for Buffalo Bills running back Taiwan Jones 2020

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills wanted to solidify their special teams positions this offseason, and they are replacing Senorise Perry on the roster with Taiwan Jones. Like Perry, Jones is probably not going to play much running back but will be in on lots of special teams plays. The Bills are paying him a lot of money for that role and more than double what they paid Perry in 2019.

Thanks again to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle for the info.

Jones gets $400,000 as a signing bonus and $300,000 of his salary guaranteed, so a $700,000 figure in fully guaranteed money. (For reference, Perry’s entire contract was $720k a year ago.)

The complete salary is $1.05 million, meaning not all of it is guaranteed and there is likely an offset built in. That means if Buffalo cuts him and he signs a deal somewhere else, the Bills are off the hook for the final $300,000 in guaranteed money.

There are also up to $300,000 in per-game active bonuses at $18,750 per game. He played in 11 games a year ago, so only $206,250 will count on the cap for now as a Likely To Be Earned incentive.

No workout bonus for Jones.

Signing bonus: $400,000
Salary: $1.05 million ($300,000 guaranteed)
Per-game active bonus: Up to $300,000 ($18,750 per game) ($206,250 LTBE)

Cap hit: $1,656,250
Dead cap if cut: $700,000
Cap savings if cut: ~$1 million