Breaking down Anthony Dixon's deal

March, 18, 2014
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The Buffalo Bills have essentially swapped out backup running backs.

After releasing sixth-year pro Tashard Choice last December, the Bills were without an experienced option behind Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller. The team filled that void Friday, signing Anthony Dixon.

Dixon, who is entering his fifth season, is bigger than Choice. He said he'll play between 230 and 235 pounds, which makes him more of a power back than a shifty, elusive runner the Bills have in Spiller, for example.

Dixon has proven durable, playing in 16 games in all four of his seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. While he didn't make much of an impact on offense, he said he played on multiple special teams units and has the potential to help the Bills in that phase.

Now that the signing is official, here's a look at Dixon's contract:

Signing bonus: $500,000

2014 season:
Base salary: $800,000 ($250,000 guaranteed)
Workout bonus: $50,000
Cap number: $1,016,666

2015 season:
Base salary: $850,000
Roster bonus: $100,000
Workout bonus: $50,000
Cap number: $1,166,666

2016 season:
Base salary: $1,000,000
Roster bonus: $100,000
Workout bonus: $50,000
Cap number: $1,316,668

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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