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Daryl Williams contract provides cap-friendly depth on the right side

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

When the Buffalo Bills signed former second-team All-Pro right tackle Daryl Williams, a lot of fans rolled their eyes at another former Carolina Panthers player making his way north. As the contract details are now in, we can see it’s a low-risk, high-reward signing at a position group every NFL team always scrambles to fix. It’s another example of general manager Brandon Beane finding great depth at a cheap price.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero was the first to report the contract parameters, and it’s a very team-friendly deal in the mold of Quinton Spain’s 2019 contract. We don’t have specific details, though, beyond the big numbers.

Williams was signed for $2.25 million and only $250,000 is guaranteed, likely in the form of a signing bonus. There is another $250,000 available but we don’t know what those incentives are based on Pelissero’s tweet.

Here’s our best guess at the whole thing based on past Bills contracts:

Signing bonus: $250,000
Workout bonus: $100,000
Base salary: $1.9 million
Per-game active bonus: $250,000 ($15,625 per game)

We will update if and when we receive more specific information. Beane loves using the $100,000 workout bonus but they may have left it off the 2020 contract due to concerns around the coronavirus. If there isn’t a workout bonus, you can add it to the base salary. Beane similarly likes using per-game active bonuses, but that’s usually included in base figures for the contract. The incentive may be for games started instead of games active.