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Friday, March 14, 2014
Breaking down Dan Carpenter's deal

By Mike Rodak

The Buffalo Bills moved quickly to re-sign kicker Dan Carpenter earlier this week.

His contract, which has been filed with the NFLPA, is reasonable given his performance last season. He'll be paid an average of $2.49 million over four seasons, making him the 15th highest-paid kicker in the NFL. His $2.15 million in guaranteed money ranks 13th.

The deal, though, suggests that the Bills see Carpenter winning the kicking job this summer. Carpenter is currently slated to compete with Dustin Hopkins, a sixth-round pick last season.

Here's how the contract breaks down:

Signing bonus: $2.15 million

2014 season:
Base salary: $1.25 million
Workout bonus: $25,000
Cap number: $1.8125 million

2015 season:
Base salary: $1.3 million
Roster bonus: $500,000 (paid on seventh day of league year)
Workout bonus: $25,000
Cap number: $2.3625 million

2016 season:
Base salary: $2.025 million
Roster bonus: $250,000 (paid on seventh day of league year)
Workout bonus: $25,000
Cap number: $2.8375 million

2017 season:
Base salary: $2.125 million
Roster bonus: $250,000 (paid on seventh day of league year)
Workout bonus: $25,000
Cap number: $2.9375 million