A.J. Epenesa

Buffalo Bills, Defensive End
Age: 25-318d (Sep 15, 1998)
Exp: 5 Years
Country: US
College: Iowa
Drafted: Round 2 (#54 overall), 2020
Agent(s): Patrick Collins, Jimmy Sexton (CAA Football)
2024 Cap Hit

$3,960,000

2024 Cash

$7,000,000

Career Earnings

$6,051,950

2024-2025 Free Agent (CURRENT)

A.J. Epenesa signed a 2 year , $12,000,000 contract with the Buffalo Bills, including $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 Terms:
2 yr(s) / $12,000,000
Average Salary:
$6,000,000
Signing Bonus:
$4,000,000
GTD at Sign:
$6,560,000
Total GTD:
$10,060,000
Free Agent:
2026 / UFA
Year Age Status Cap HitAnnual Cap % League Cap Cash Annual Cash Cumulative Dead Cap Annual
2024 26 $3,960,000 1.55% $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $6,560,000
POTENTIAL OUT: 2025, 1 YR, $7,000,000; $3,000,000 DEAD CAP
2025 27 $6,000,000 2.20% $5,000,000 $12,000,000 $3,000,000
2026 28
Void
UFA
$2,000,000 0.68% - - $2,000,000
2027
Void
$1,000,000 0.32% - - -
Year Age Status Base P5 Salary Signing Proration Roster/Gm Bonus Workout Bonus Cap Hit Cap % League Cap Dead Cap
2024 26 $2,560,000 $1,000,000 $300,000 $100,000 $3,960,000 1.55% $6,560,000
POTENTIAL OUT: 2025, 1 YR, $7,000,000; $3,000,000 DEAD CAP
2025 27 $4,560,000 $1,000,000 $340,000 $100,000 $6,000,000 2.20% $3,000,000
2026 28
Void
UFA
- $1,000,000 - - $2,000,000 0.68% $2,000,000
2027
Void
- $1,000,000 - - $1,000,000 0.32% -
Year Age Status Base P5 Salary Signing Bonus Workout Bonus Cash Total Cash Cumulative AYC Cumulative AYC Remaining
2024 26 $2,560,000 $4,000,000 $100,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $7,000,000 $6,000,000
2025 27 $4,560,000 - $100,000 $5,000,000 $12,000,000 $6,000,000 $5,000,000
2026 28
Void
- - - - - - -
2027 29
Void
- - - - - - -
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
Source: NFL contract specifics generally collected from verified reports.

2020-2023 Rookie

A.J. Epenesa signed a 4 year , $5,877,299 contract with the Buffalo Bills, including $1,834,399 signing bonus, $2,711,550 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $1,469,325.
Contract Terms:
4 yr(s) / $5,877,299
Average Salary:
$1,469,325
Signing Bonus:
$1,834,399
GTD at Sign:
$2,711,550
Total GTD:
$2,711,550
Free Agent:
2024 / UFA
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Career Earnings thru 2024

$6,051,950

Career Earnings w/ Different Teams

1 team

Earnings Per Year

Year Age Team(s) Status Cash Total Cash Cumulative Awards
2020 22
Active
$2,619,050
$2,619,050
2021 23
Active
$877,150
$3,496,200
2022 24
Active
$1,144,300
$4,640,500
2023 25
Active
$1,411,450
$6,051,950
Total      
$6,051,950
$6,051,950
2024 26
Active
$7,000,000
2025 27
Active
$5,000,000
Total
$18,051,950
Year Team(s) Age Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Workout Incentives Cash Total Cash Cumulative
2020
22
$610,000
$1,834,400
$174,650
$2,619,050
$2,619,050
2021
23
$877,150
$877,150
$3,496,200
2022
24
$1,144,300
$1,144,300
$4,640,500
2023
25
$1,411,450
$1,411,450
$6,051,950
Total
$4,042,900
$1,834,400
$174,650
$6,051,950
$6,051,950
2024
26
$2,560,000
$4,000,000
$100,000
$7,000,000
2025
27
$4,560,000
$100,000
$5,000,000
Total
$11,162,900
$5,834,400
$200,000
$174,650
$18,051,950

Earnings Per Team

Years Team Base Signing Roster Restructure Option Incentives Cash Cumulative
4 $4,042,900 $1,834,400 - - - $174,650 $6,051,950

Injuries

Year Weeks Reason
2021 BUF 15 - 16 COVID-19
  • Mar 11, 2024 Signed a 2 year $12 million contract with Buffalo (BUF)
  • Oct 13, 2023 Fined $21,855 Roughing the Passer against Jacksonville (JAC)
  • May 08, 2020 Signed a 4 year $5.87 million contract with Buffalo (BUF)
  • Apr 24, 2020 Drafted by Buffalo (BUF): Round 2 (#54 overall)

Fines

Date Reason Fine Amount
Oct 13, 2023 Roughing the Passer against Jacksonville (JAC) $21,855
Year Team GP GS Snaps Snaps% Sack Tackles Total Tackles Solo Tackles Assisted FFum Int
2023 BUF 14 1 370 36.30 7 20 9 11 1 2
2022 BUF 15 2 375 35.90 7 16 13 3 2
2021 BUF 14 330 31.20 2 14 8 6
2020 BUF 14 1 291 27.70 1 14 11 3

Calculated Market Value

Market Value

  • 2 years, $11,963,812
  • Avg. Salary: $5,981,906
  • NFL Rank: 370
  • DE Rank: 40

Current Contract

  • Free Agent: 2026
  • Avg. Salary: $6,000,000
  • NFL Rank: 347
  • DE Rank: 39

Comparable Players

We've selected the following players based on their age, contract status, and statistical production to compare A.J. Epenesa to.

Player Length Value Avg. Salary Age When Signed
Marquis Haynes 2 $5,500,000 $2,750,000 28
Charles Omenihu 2 $16,000,000 $8,000,000 25
Carl Lawson 3 $45,000,000 $15,000,000 25
John Cominsky 2 $8,500,000 $4,250,000 27
Averages 2 $18,750,000 $7,500,000 26.3

Base Calculated Value

After adjusting the above contracts as if signed at Epenesa's current age (25), a linear regression is performed, providing us with the following initial value.

Length Value Avg. Salary
4 $22,500,000 $5,625,000

Statistical Comparisons

Now we'll compare our variables and Epenesa statistically over the two seasons prior to their signing. In this case we're analyzing: GP%, Tackles/Gm, Sacks/Gm, Stops/Gm, QB Hurries/Gm, Rating

Player GP% Tackles/Gm Sacks/Gm Stops/Gm QB Hurries/Gm Rating
Marquis Haynes
2020-2021
96.97 0.75 0.22 0.66 0.44 61.90
Charles Omenihu
2021-2022
94.12 0.66 0.14 0.59 1.84 67.60
Carl Lawson
2019-2020
87.50 1.25 0.38 1.04 1.71 65.90
John Cominsky
2021-2022
52.94 1.11 0.22 1.06 1.88 48.00
Average 82.88 0.94 0.24 0.84 1.47 60.85
A.J. Epenesa
2022-2023
90.62 0.76 0.45 0.80 1.13 68.50
Pct Change 9.34 -19.15 87.50 -4.76 -23.13 12.57
Median Prime % Change 2.29%
Average Prime % Change 10.40%

Calculated Market Value: A.J. Epenesa

After applying our Prime % figures into our base calculated value, we're given two values. The average of these values becomes our current calculated market value.

Terms Avg. Salary
2 years, $11,963,812 $5,981,906
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