Breaking down Mike Williams' contract

April, 7, 2014
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When they traded Mike Williams last week, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were able to avoid the pitfall for so many other trades in the NFL: dead money.

Williams received no signing bonus as part of his five-year extension, signed last year, giving the Buccaneers some flexibility to release or trade Williams during the deal without triggering acceleration of signing bonus charges against the salary cap.

The Buffalo Bills are also afforded some flexibility with the deal. Nearly half of Williams' $14.6 million in guaranteed money came from his guaranteed $7.2 million base salary last season.

The Bills will be on the hook for most of Williams' remaining guaranteed money, including a $5.2 million guaranteed base salary in 2015. After that, none of Williams' deal is guaranteed.

Here's how his deal breaks down, year by year:

2014 season:
Base salary: $1.2 million (fully guaranteed)
Workout bonus: $600,000
Cap charge: $1.8 million

2015 season:
Base salary: $5.2 million (fully guaranteed)
Roster bonus: $1 million (paid on third day of league year)
Workout bonus: $600,000
Cap charge: $6.8 million

2016 season:
Base salary: $5.6 million
Roster bonus: $1 million (paid on third day of league year)
Workout bonus: $600,000
Cap charge: $7.2 million

2017 season:
Base salary: $5.9 million
Roster bonus: $1 million (paid on third day of league year)
Workout bonus: $600,000
Cap charge: $7.5 million

2018 season:
Base salary: $4.15 million
Roster bonus: $4 million (paid on third day of league year)
Workout bonus: $600,000
Cap charge: $8.75 million

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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