Brian Daboll left the University of Alabama for the Bills with two years remaining on his three-year contract and after collecting a bonus for winning the national championship.
Daboll's contract took effect on Feb. 20, 2017, and was scheduled to run through Feb. 29, 2020, according to public records. He was to earn $1.2 million per year, which equals the No. 7 salary among college football assistant coaches nationally, according to USA TODAY's annual coach salary database.
Only LSU's Matt Canada at $1.5 million made more than Daboll among offensive coordinators.
For winning the national championship, Alabama assistants earned a total of $1.27 million in bonuses. Daboll's bonus was listed at $216,000. Only defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt had a larger bonus at $234,000.
Under the terms of his contract with Alabama, Daboll had a buyout provision valued at 20 percent of his salary during the year the contract was terminated. That equals $240,000 on his $1.2 million.
Typically, buyouts come from the coach or a third party on the coach's behalf, potentially a new employer.
The Bills declined to comment on Daboll's contract or the buyout.