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Team-friendly details of Mario Williams’ Dolphins contract emerge

Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams pressures Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Buffalo Bills defensive end Mario Williams pressures Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

The details of Mario Williams’ contract are out, and they seem quite sensible for the Miami Dolphins.

News broke last nigth that Williams signed a two-year contract worth $17 million. Now we know more about the structure.

The short answer: There will be little salary-cap pain for Miami should the team decide to move on from Williams next spring.

The Houston Chronicle first got ahold of the details:

Williams received a signing bonus of $4 million, a base salary of $4.5 million in 2016 and $8.5 million in 2017. His salary in 2017 is guaranteed in the case of injury, and fully guaranteed if he is on the Dolphins’ roster on the fifth day of the 2017 league year.

Williams also has performance-based incentives that can make the contract worth up to $20 million.

But should the Dolphins move on from Williams after this year, they would only carry $2 million in dead money over to 2017.

For more details, plus other moves on a busy day for the Dolphins, visit the Dolphins in Depth blog.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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