Even though Buddy Nix believes Kevin Kolb has a shot to win the Bills’ starting quarterback job, it doesn’t mean they’re going to pay him like a starter.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Bills are paying Kolb like a back up. PFT has the details.
The truth, as a league source with knowledge of the deal tells PFT, is that the contract “screams backup.”
Specifically, Kolb is guaranteed to make only $1 million, and the contract has a base value of $6.1 million. This means that $6.9 million is tied up in escalators and incentives and other factors that likely require Kolb to actually play — and play well — to get the money.
Of course, the real details of a contract often gets lost in the shuffle of the intervening news cycles. The initial reports declared the deal to be worth a “maximum” of $13 million and the Bills curiously waited more than a week to finalize the deal. Though the reason for the delay isn’t specifically know, it means that the real value for most media outlets will become a footnote to the “maximum” of $13 million nonsense that was trumpeted at the time the agreement was struck.
It’s unclear whether the base value is even $6.1 million. Apart from a $1 million signing bonus, workout bonuses of $100,000 per year, and base salaries of $1.65 million on 2013 and $2 million in 2014, Kolb has a $250,000 roster bonus in 2013 and a $1 million roster bonus in 2014. That $1.25 million could be tied to Kolb being on the active game-day roster or other factors that may not occur, even if he’s on the team.