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A.J. Klein

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Outside Linebacker Age: 29 Exp: 7 Years
Drafted: Round 5 (#148 overall), 2013 College: Iowa State Agent(s): Scott Smith (XAM Sports)

Bills – The Athletic

  • Current Contract

    A.J. Klein signed a 3 year, $18,000,000 contract with the Buffalo Bills, including a $1,200,000 signing bonus, $11,300,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $6,000,000. In 2020, Klein will earn a base salary of $2,200,000, a signing bonus of $1,200,000, a roster bonus of $3,287,500 and a workout bonus of $100,000, while carrying a cap hit of $5,987,500 and a dead cap value of $6,600,000.

    Contract: 3 yr(s) / $18,000,000
    Signing Bonus $1,200,000
    Average Salary $6,000,000
    Total Guarantees $11,300,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $9,700,000
    Free Agent: 2023 / UFA
      Bonus Breakdown Cap Details Cash Details  
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Roster Workout Cap Hit Dead Cap Yearly Cash
    2020 Contract details by year 29 $2,200,000 $400,000 $3,287,500 $100,000 $5,987,500 $6,600,000 $6,787,500($6,787,500)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $6,600,000 2020 Cap Savings: $-612,500 Pre-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $1,200,000 2020 Cap Savings: $4,787,500 Post-6/1 Release 2020 Dead Cap: $5,800,000 2021 Dead Cap: $800,000 2020 Cap Savings: $187,500 Post-6/1 Trade 2020 Dead Cap: $400,000 2021 Dead Cap: $800,000 2020 Cap Savings: $5,587,500
    2021 Contract details by year 30 $4,100,000 $400,000 $1,800,000 $100,000 $6,400,000 $4,000,000 $6,000,000($12,787,500)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $4,000,000 2021 Cap Savings: $2,400,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $800,000 2021 Cap Savings: $5,600,000 Post-6/1 Release 2021 Dead Cap: $3,600,000 2022 Dead Cap: $400,000 2021 Cap Savings: $2,800,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2021 Dead Cap: $400,000 2022 Dead Cap: $400,000 2021 Cap Savings: $6,000,000

    Potential Out: 2022, 2 yr, $12,787,500; $400,000 dead cap

    2022 Contract details by year 31 $4,200,000 $400,000 $900,000 $100,000 $5,600,000 $400,000 $5,200,000($17,987,500)
    Pre-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $400,000 2022 Cap Savings: $5,200,000 Pre-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $400,000 2022 Cap Savings: $5,200,000 Post-6/1 Release 2022 Dead Cap: $400,000 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $5,200,000 Post-6/1 Trade 2022 Dead Cap: $400,000 2023 Dead Cap: $0 2022 Cap Savings: $5,200,000
    2023 Free Agent Year 32 UFA  
    Contract Notes:
    • $9.7M guaranteed at signing (signing bonus + 2020 salary + 2020 roster bonus + $3.2M of 2021 salary)
    • 2020 Roster Bonus: $3.1M (paid 3/22/2020)
    • 2021 Roster Bonus: $1.6M (due the 5th league day of 2021)
    • 2022 Roster Bonus: $700,000 (5th league day of 2022)
    • Per Game Active Bonus: $12,500 ($200,000, 15 LTBE in 2020)
    Sources: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

    Current Dead Contracts

    Year   Base Salary Signing Bonus Workout Bonus Dead Cap Hit Yearly Cash
    2020 Player contract details by year - $1,000,000 - $1,000,000 -($0)

    Previous Contracts

    2017-2019

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $24,000,000
    Signing Bonus $4,000,000
    Average Salary $6,000,000
    Total Guarantees $9,400,000
    Guaranteed at Signing $9,400,000
    Free Agent: 2020 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Hit Dead Yearly Cash
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    2013-2016Entry Level

    Contract: 4 yr(s) / $2,351,300
    Signing Bonus $191,300
    Average Salary $587,825
    Total Guarantees $191,300
    Guaranteed at Signing $191,300
    Free Agent: 2017 / UFA
    Year   Age Base Salary Signing Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Hit Dead Yearly Cash
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  • Estimated Career Earnings

    Year Team Awards Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    2013 Player Cash Earnings $405,000 $191,300 - - - - - $596,300
    2014 Player Cash Earnings $495,000 - - - - - - $495,000
    2015 Player Cash Earnings $585,000 - - - - - $136,260 $721,260
    2016 Player Cash Earnings $675,000 - - - - - - $675,000
    2017 Player Cash Earnings $1,700,000 $4,000,000 - $100,000 - - - $5,800,000
    2018 Player Cash Earnings $4,100,000 - - $100,000 - - - $4,200,000
    2019 Player Cash Earnings $4,100,000 - $475,000 $100,000 - - - $4,675,000
    7 seasons $12,060,000 $4,191,300 $475,000 $300,000 - - $136,260 $17,162,560
    2020 Player Cash Earnings $2,200,000 $1,200,000 $3,287,500 $100,000 - - - $6,787,500
    2021 Player Cash Earnings $4,100,000 - $1,800,000 $100,000 - - - $6,000,000
    2022 Player Cash Earnings $4,200,000 - $900,000 $100,000 - - - $5,200,000
    $22,560,000 $5,391,300 $6,462,500 $600,000 - - $136,260 $35,150,060
    Seasons Team Salary Signing Bonus Roster Bonus Workout Bonus Restructure Bonus Option Bonus Incentive Total Cash
    4 seasons Player Cash Earnings $2,160,000 $191,300 - - - - - $2,487,560
    3 seasons Player Cash Earnings $9,900,000 $4,000,000 $475,000 $300,000 - - - $14,675,000
  • Transactions

    Mar 18 2020Signed a 3 year $18 million contract with Buffalo (BUF)
    Mar 9 2017Signed a 4 year $24 million contract with New Orleans (NO)
    May 23 2013Signed a 4 year $2.351 million contract with Carolina (CAR)
    Apr 27 2013Drafted by Carolina (CAR): Round 5 (#148 overall)
  • 2020 Player Rankings

    A visual look at how A.J. Klein ranks across the league, conference, division, and team.

     

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    Statistics

    Season Team GA GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sacks Tackles Solo Tackles Ast Tackles FF INT
    2019 NO 15 15 15 766 70.7 2.5 69 47 22 1 1
    2018 NO 16 16 15 669 66.2 2 69 42 27 1
    2017 NO 12 12 12 664 62.6 2 54 37 17 1
    2016 CAR 15 15 7 351 32.8 2 31 16 14 2
    2015 CAR 15 15 6 320 29.1 1 55 34 14 1 1
    2014 CAR 14 14 9 282 27.4 39 22 13 1
    2013 CAR 16 16 2 129 12.7 2 21 16 1
    Totals 103 103 66 3,181 - 12 338 214 108 6 3