Marcus Stroud’s return to dominance with a new team in 2008 earned the Buffalo Bills’ defensive tackle a two-year contract extension that averages $8.25 million over the additional years and guarantees $12 million.
With the guarantees, Stroud could earn $16 million in the first two years of his contract, which now is worth $28 million in its entirety over the next four years.
The extension comes after Stroud, 30, bounced back from two injury-plagued seasons, a four-game NFL drug suspension in 2007 and a trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars to record 45 tackles and 2.5 sacks and provide a menacing presence on the Bills’ defensive interior.
This is the second major contract extension that Stroud’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has brokered this week. Rosenhaus also orchestrated a six-year extension worth up to $42.1 million for Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Kellen Winslow on Monday.
– Steve Wyche