The financial details of AJ McCarron’s contract with the Buffalo Bills reportedly have emerged. If all goes well, the former Alabama quarterback can make a healthy figure.
As reported by Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, McCarron can make up to $16.5 million over two years with the Bills. McCarron’s contract has a base value of $10 million, and he can make another $6.5 million based on playing time, per Florio.
Florio also reported that McCarron was given a $4 million signing bonus after joining the Bills on Wednesday, and the player’s guaranteed base salary next season will be $900,000.
Here’s more from Florio’s story:
He has a $3 million roster bonus due on the third day of the 2019 league year, along with a $1.9 million salary. Of that amount, $1.1 million is guaranteed for injury at signing. It becomes fully guaranteed on the fifth day of the 2019 league year.
The incentive package pays $1 million is he takes 60 percent of the snaps this year, and another $1 million if he takes 75 percent of the snaps. If McCarron takes 75 percent of the snaps, his base for 2019 also escalates by $2.5 million.
He also can get $1 million for taking 60 percent of the snaps in 2019, and another $1 million for taking 75 percent of the snaps in 2019. If he takes 75 percent of the snaps in 2019 but fails to do so in 2018, he’ll get the $2.5 million escalator for 2019 as an incentive instead.
McCarron has to feel good about landing a new opportunity, after he won his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals recently. The move to Buffalo represents a fresh start for him. He’s no longer stuck in a dead end in Cincinnati, where Andy Dalton is the Bengals’ preferred choice at quarterback.
Of course, McCarron must prove he can make an impact quickly at his new NFL home. But this is a good week for his bank account, for sure.
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