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, according to figures obtained by The News. 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 $100,000 in workout bonuses in this year’s total.
In 2014, the contract calls for a $1 million roster bonus, a base salary of $2 million and a $100,000 workout bonus.
In short, the Bills signed Kolb for less than they would have paid to keep Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Bills also were offering 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.
The incentives in Kolb’s deal mostly are tied to playing time and production. If he hits certain play-time percentages he can earn an extra $2 million each year.
The contract of Bills QB Tarvaris Jackson is worth $2.25 million this season. That includes a $500,000 signing bonus and a base salary of $1.75 million.
Meanwhile, two more draft-eligible players visited One Bills Drive Tuesday. Arizona quarterback Matt Scott and Tennessee receiver Zach Rogers met with the Bills.
Scott is a raw, developmental quarterback who has the athleticism to throw and run the read-option running game. He started just 17 games in his college career. He spent most of his time backing up Nick Foles, who entered the draft last year. Scott embraced the option offense of coach Rich Rodriguez last season, leading Arizona to an 8-4 record. He completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 3,620 yards. He had 27 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 506 yards and six touchdowns on 113 attempts. He’s probably a middle-round prospect in this month’s NFL Draft.
Rogers, 6-foot and 182 pounds, is considered a third-day pick. He was the No. 3 receiver for the Vols behind Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter. He caught 32 passes for 491 yards in 2012. He ran a solid 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds at Tennessee’s pro-day workouts.