The Buffalo Bills signed James Wilder Jr. to a two-year, $990,000 deal with an average yearly pay of $495,000.
Wilder will make base salaries of $55,000 in 2016 and 2017 before becoming a free agent. His cap number for 2016 is $1.9 million.
He'll be the highest paid player at his position and 16th overall.
After playing one season at Alabama where he was a first-team All-American and winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Wilder entered the NFL draft ranked No. 1 by ESPN/CBS Sports and No. 2 by The New York Times. He went on to win the Ray Lewis Award as the nation's top offensive line recruit.
Wilder started all 52 games he played in during his four years at Alabama. He helped lead his team to a national championship in 2015 after posting 3.5 sacks and three forced fumbles that year. He also earned First Team All-America honors from the Associated Press and College Football News.
During his career at Alabama, Wilder never missed a game due to injury. He was part of three National Championship teams (2013, 2014, 2015).
Current Agreement Lee Smith agreed to terms with the Buffalo Bills on a three-year, $9,000,000 contract, with $4,400,000 guaranteed and an average yearly salary of $3,000,000.
He has been voted into his second consecutive Pro Bowl after recording 99 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 interceptions during the 2018 season. His $4,400,000 guarantee makes him the highest paid linebacker in the NFL.
Lee Smith made his first career start at middle linebacker for the Bills last year when Rex Ryan named him as a replacement late in Week 14 vs New York Jets. He finished that game with 7 tackles before being benched in favor of Preston Brown in Week 15. Overall, he had 72 tackles in 16 games (six starts).
He entered the NFL as a first-round pick (22nd overall) of the Bills in the 2007 NFL Draft. Lee Smith started every game at middle linebacker for the Bills from 2008-2017 before being replaced by Kyle Van Noy this past offseason. In those years, he played on two Super Bowl winners: 2012 Broncos and 2017 Ravens.
In 2018, Lee Smith recorded 99 tackles (7 for loss), 2 sacks, and two interceptions. He was voted into his second consecutive Pro Bowl after finishing second in the voting for NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
James Anderson signed a 1-year, $870,000 contract with the New Orleans Saints, featuring an average yearly salary of $870,000. This makes him one of the highest paid pitchers in football.
Anderson's earnings come from his career as a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos as well as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and New Orleans Saints. He has won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots.
In 2010, he made $7 million by playing baseball. In 2011, his first season with the Saints, he made $8 million because he also played quarterback for the team.
He is expected to be the top starter for the Saints this year after producing 70 touchdowns against only 14 interceptions while completing more than 60 percent of his passes over the last three seasons.
Anderson works for the New Orleans Saints as their starting left tackle. He makes $87,000 per season and has a base salary of $675,000 this year.
He joined the Saints in 2009 after seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox. At Boston, he earned $15 million over three years.
During his tenure with the Red Sox, Anderson never missed a game due to injury.
Current Agreement Kelvin Benjamin agreed to terms with the New York Giants on a one-year, $990,000 contract that includes a $990,000 yearly salary. If Benjamin remains on the roster at the end of the season, he will receive a bonus of approximately $33,333 for every week he plays in line with the contracts of other restricted free agents with similar experience levels such as Brandon Marshall and Eric Berry. His annual base salary is slightly more than what the Miami Dolphins offered him last month.
He started 10 games at wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers in 2015 and recorded 59 receptions for 793 yards and five touchdowns under head coach Ron Rivera. Before joining the Panthers, Benjamin had only played in 16 games over two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos due to injuries. He had 70 catches for 994 yards and four scores during that time.
As a rookie with the Panthers in 2014, Benjamin appeared in 15 games (one start) and registered 42 receptions for 577 yards and three TDs. He was drafted by Carolina with the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. As a collegiate player at South Carolina, Benjamin was regarded as one of the best receivers in college football and was considered a can't miss prospect. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons after going unselected in the 2013 NFL Draft.
The Los Angeles Rams signed Robert Woods to a four-year, $65,000,000 deal, with $32,000,000 guaranteed and an average yearly salary of $16,250,000. Woods will receive a basic salary of $2,500,000, a restructure bonus of $10,000,000, a cap hit of $5,875,000, and a dead cap value of $17,975,000 in 2021.
Woods was the fifth wide receiver drafted in 2013, and the first of two wide receivers chosen by the Bills before third-round pick (78th overall) Marquise Goodwin. The Bills signed Woods to a four-year, $4.8 million contract on May 20, 2013, with $2.49 million guaranteed and a $1.91 million signing bonus.
Current Agreement J.C. Tretter agreed to terms with the Cleveland Browns on a three-year, $32,550,000 contract that included a $6,500,000 signing bonus, a $23,600,000 guarantee, and an average yearly salary of $10,850,000.
Previous Agreements In his career, J.C. Tretter has earned approximately $47 million through four seasons. His average annual value is nearly $12 million per year.
Tretter was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He played only one season with the team before being traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2012 third-round pick. Tretter started all 16 games at left guard for the Browns in 2011 and 2012. He signed a three-year extension with the Browns in 2013 that kept him under contract through 2016.
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