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A breakdown of EJ Manuel's contract, signing bonus

By Tim Graham

EJ Manuel's contract numbers are in.

The Buffalo Bills' rookie quarterback -- the first selected in April's draft -- has a fully guaranteed contract worth exactly $8,885,300 over four years with a club option for a fifth year. Earlier today, Buffalo News reporter Mark Gaughan explained how the option works under the collective bargaining agreement.

Manuel's money is distributed as a signing bonus and base salaries. There are no workout or roster bonuses.

2013: $405,000 base salary; $4,842,036 signing bonus.

2014: $808,877 base salary.

2015: $1,212,755 base salary.

2016: $1,616,632 base salary.

2017: Club option would pay an average salary of the NFL's third- through 25th-highest-paid quarterbacks at the end of Manuel's third season.

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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

Mark Gaughan

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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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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