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Bills restructure fullback Patrick DiMarco's contract

The Buffalo Bills have agreed to a restructured contract with fullback Patrick DiMarco that will save the team $450,000 in salary-cap space for the 2020 season.

A league source told The Buffalo News that DiMarco's cap number, which was scheduled to be $2.35 million in 2020, will reduce to $1.9 million. The new figure is comprised of DiMarco's base salary ($1.1 million), the prorated amount of his signing bonus ($500,000), a workout bonus ($50,000) and per-game roster bonuses totaling $250,000 ($15,625 per game).

In essence, DiMarco agreed to a $700,000 pay cut, but has the ability to earn $250,000 of that back if he plays in all 16 games.

Contracts in the NFL classify incentives like DiMarco's per-game roster bonus in one of two ways – likely to be earned or not likely to be earned. Which category the incentive falls into is based on the player's previous year. Because DiMarco played all 16 games in 2019 (as he has in all three of his seasons with the Bills), his per-game roster bonuses fall into the "likely to be earned" category. That means it counts against the 2020 cap. Conversely, incentives that are "not likely to be earned" do not count against the current year's cap. If a player does reach those incentives, the team accounts for them on the next season's salary cap.

If the Bills release DiMarco before the start of the regular season, he would count $550,000 in "dead money," on the salary cap. That represents the amount of his signing bonus and workout bonus already paid to him. The team would save $1.35 million against the 2020 cap in that case.

DiMarco is entering the final season of a four-year contract signed in 2017. He played 15.5.% of the snap on offense and 37.7% of the special teams snaps.

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