A.J. Epenesa

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Bills, DE Age: 25-219d Exp: 3 Years
Drafted: Round 2 (#54 overall), 2020 College: Iowa Agent(s): CAA Sports

 
  • Current Contract

    A.J. Epenesa signed a 2 year, $12,000,000 contract with the Buffalo Bills, including a $4,000,000 signing bonus, $10,060,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,000,000. In 2024, Epenesa will earn a base salary of $2,560,000, a signing bonus of $4,000,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000, while carrying a cap hit of $3,960,000 and a dead cap value of $6,560,000.
    Contract: 2 yr(s) / $12,000,000
    Signing Bonus $4,000,000
    Average Salary $6,000,000
    Total Guarantees $10,060,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $6,560,000
    Free Agent: 2026 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster/Gm Workout Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash Cash AAV
    2024 Contract details by year 26 $2,560,000 $1,000,000 $300,000 $100,000 $3,960,000 $6,560,000 $7,000,000($7,000,000) $7,000,000
    Pre-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $6,560,000 2024 Cap Savings: $-2,600,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2024 Cap Savings: $-40,000 Post-6/1 Release 2024 Dead Cap: $3,560,000 2025 Dead Cap: $3,000,000 2024 Cap Savings: $400,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2024 Dead Cap: $1,000,000 2025 Dead Cap: $3,000,000 2024 Cap Savings: $2,960,000

    Potential Out: 2025, 1 yr, $7,000,000; $3,000,000 dead cap

    2025 Contract details by year 27 $4,560,000 $1,000,000 $340,000 $100,000 $6,000,000 $3,000,000 $5,000,000($12,000,000) $6,000,000
    Pre-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $3,000,000 2025 Cap Savings: $3,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $3,000,000 2025 Cap Savings: $3,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2025 Dead Cap: $1,000,000 2026 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2025 Cap Savings: $5,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2025 Dead Cap: $1,000,000 2026 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2025 Cap Savings: $5,000,000
    2026 Contract details by year 28 - $1,000,000 - - $2,000,000 $2,000,000 -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2026 Cap Savings: $0 Pre-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2026 Cap Savings: $0 Post-6/1 Release 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2026 Cap Savings: $2,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2026 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Dead Cap: $2,000,000 2026 Cap Savings: $2,000,000
    2027 Contract details by year 29 - $1,000,000 - - $1,000,000 - -
    Pre-6/1 Release 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $1,000,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $1,000,000 Post-6/1 Release 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $1,000,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2027 Dead Cap: $0 2028 Dead Cap: $0 2027 Cap Savings: $1,000,000
    2026 Free Agent Year 30 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $6.56M guaranteed at signing (signing bonus + 2024 salary)
    • $3.5M of 2025 salary fully guarantees the 5th league day of 2025 ($2M injury guaranteed at sign)
    • Per Game Active Bonus: $20,000 ($340,000)
    • 2026-2027 years automatically void 23 days before the 2026 league year
    Sources: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

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    2020-2023Entry Level

    A.J. Epenesa signed a 4 year, $5,877,299 contract with the Buffalo Bills, including a $1,834,399 signing bonus, $2,711,550 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,469,325. In 2024, Epenesa will earn a base salary of $2,560,000, a signing bonus of $4,000,000 and a workout bonus of $100,000, while carrying a cap hit of $3,960,000 and a dead cap value of $6,560,000.
    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $5,877,299
    Signing Bonus $1,834,399
    Average Salary $1,469,325
    Total Guarantees $2,711,550
    Guaranteed at Signing $2,711,550
    Free Agent: 2024 / UFA
  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Earnings
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $610,000 $1,834,400 - - - - $174,650 $2,619,050
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $877,150 - - - - - - $877,150
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $1,144,300 - - - - - - $1,144,300
    2023 Player Cash Earnings $1,411,450 - - - - - - $1,411,450
    4 seasons $4,042,900 $1,834,400 - - - - $174,650 $6,051,950
    2024 Player Cash Earnings $2,560,000 $4,000,000 - $100,000 - - - $7,000,000
    2025 Player Cash Earnings $4,560,000 - - $100,000 - - - $5,000,000
    $11,162,900 $5,834,400 - $200,000 - - $174,650 $18,051,950
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    4 seasons Player Cash Earnings $4,042,900 $1,834,400 - - - - $174,650 $6,051,950
  • Fines

    • Player contract details by year 10/13/2023, $21,855

      Roughing the Passer against Jacksonville (JAC)


    • TOTAL: $21,855

  • Transactions

    Mar 11 2024Signed a 2 year $12 million contract with Buffalo (BUF)
    Oct 13 2023Fined $21,855 Roughing the Passer against Jacksonville (JAC)
    May 8 2020Signed a 4 year $5.87 million contract with Buffalo (BUF)
    Apr 24 2020Drafted by Buffalo (BUF): Round 2 (#54 overall)
  • 2024 Player Rankings

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2023 BUF 14 14 1 370 36.3 6.5 20 9 11 1 2
    2022 BUF 15 15 2 375 38.6 6.5 16 13 3 2
    2021 BUF 14 14 330 31.2 1.5 14 8 6
    2020 BUF 14 14 1 291 27.7 1 14 11 3
    Totals 57 57 4 1,366 - 16 64 41 23 3 2