According to the team’s announcement on Thursday, Buffalo Bills has agreed to extend the contract for four years through the end of the 2024 season.
Sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter the contract is worth $ 60 million and covering $ 34 million is guaranteed.
Dawkins, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract, has been a mainstay in the left position since he was selected in the second round of the 2017 draft. Buffalo again.
“My main priority is getting better, and I know if I continue to grow and learn and get better, all the chips will eventually go down,” Dawkins told ESPN in March. “For a new contract, I don’t worry about it. Anything is supposed to happen.
“I’m trying to stay in Buffalo forever, so I just have to do my part, and when the time comes, I’ll be happy to sign that dotted line.”
Dawkins has started 43 games in the past three seasons and is the captain of the team in 2019, contributing the most to the team’s culture. He was the first player in the drafting class in 2017 – the first of the team under manager Sean McDermott – to have his contract extended.
Not only is Dawkins a valuable asset defending the blind side of third-year defender Josh Allen, but he’s also a threat as a receiver. He has scored one goal in each of the past two seasons, ranking sixth by an attacking striker since 1970.
With this expansion, Dawkins will overtake DJ Humphries of Arizona to become the NFL’s fifth highest-paid left hand.
Dawkins, 26, had a down year in 2018 before returning as one of the Bills’ best players in 2019. His captaincy is a reflection of self-awareness. of him during the season.
“At some point, it all just really flickers. I have a deeper understanding of the football game, my role and how I have to play it,” Dawkins said. “A lot of people admire football players, and for those who admire me, I want to give them the best example of a full athlete I can give.
“It is the binder and bridge to make people smile and keep energy on bad days and good ones.”