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Base value of Kevin Kolb's deal is $6.1 million over two years

By Mark Gaughan

The base value of the contract Kevin Kolb signed with the Buffalo Bills is $6.1 million over two seasons.

Kolb's deal could be worth up to $13 million in total money, but he will have to hit a lot of incentives to reach that amount.

For practical purposes, Kolb's deal is worth $3 million this year and $3 million next year, a league source reports. He gets a $1 million signing bonus and a base salary worth $1.65 million this season. He has a $250,000 roster bonus if he is on the 46-man roster for the season opener. He also has about $100,000 in workout bonuses in this year's total.

In 2014, the contract calls for a $1 million roster bonus and a base salary of $2 million.

In short, the Bills signed Kolb for less than they would have paid to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick. The BIlls also were offereing Fitzpatrick a $3 million per year deal, plus significant incentives. But they were offering Fitzpatrick a four-year contract. Fitzpatrick wound up signing a two-year, $6.5 million deal with Tennessee.


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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

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Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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