Chandler takes pay cut to rejoin Bills

March, 20, 2014
This one is surprising.

Last week, the Buffalo Bills re-signed tight end Scott Chandler to a two-year deal. Chandler was coming off a career season -- he led the Bills with 53 receptions for 655 yards -- and he was expected to get a raise in free agency.

After testing the open market for nearly a week, Chandler made no reported visits to other teams, although CBS Sports said that the Detroit Lions had some interest in the 6-foot-7 tight end.

According to documents filed with the NFLPA, Chandler's new two-year deal with the Bills is worth an average of $2.375 million per season with $1.2 million in guaranteed money.

That's less than Chandler's previous deal. In March 2012, Chandler signed a two-year deal worth an average of $2.725 million per season with $1.25 million in guaranteed money.

After improving each of the last three seasons, that has to be a disappointment for Chandler.

Here's how his deal breaks down:

Signing bonus: $1.2 million

2014 season:
Base salary: $1.25 million
Workout bonus: $50,000
Cap number: $1.9 million

2015 season:
Base salary: $1.95 million
Roster bonus: $250,000
Workout bonus: $50,000
Cap number: $2.85 million

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter



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