Dawson Knox has signed a contract extension with the Buffalo Bills that will keep the tight end in Buffalo through the 2026 season. Mike Garafalo of NFL Network stated that the contract is a four-year extension worth $53.6 million with $31 million guaranteed.
Adam Schefter pointed out, that with that kind of money, Knox would be one of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL. In other words, it’s in line with what we predicted for the contract back in early June.
Knox made the statement shortly after speaking to the media on Monday when he expressed gratitude for the love and support he and his family received from the Bills Mafia following Luke’s death and stated he planned to stay in Buffalo for the foreseeable future.
The outpouring of support from the Buffalo community has been overwhelming, according to Knox. I intend to spend many more years among the wonderful people of Buffalo. On Wednesday morning, both the Buffalo Bills and Dawson Knox tweeted the news to their respective fan bases.
Signed TE Dawson Knox to a four year contract extension through 2026. pic.twitter.com/mZKJOwZMAF
— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) September 7, 2022
Hey, Bills Mafia, how are things? Hi there, I’m Dawson Knox. I am beyond thrilled to continue to call this place home for the next four years. Getting this season started is something I’ve been looking forward to. Good luck, Bills. In the final 10 seconds of the clip, the tight end said to the spectators, “See you all out there.”
Knox was picked by the Bills in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft despite having a college career at Ole Miss in which he switched positions and caught zero touchdown passes.
Knox had a breakout year in 2021 after two years of consistent play learning the ropes behind veterans Lee Smith and Tyler Kroft and fellow draftee Tommy Sweeney. In total, he hauled in 49 of 71 targets for 587 yards and nine touchdowns, plus another 98 yards and two scores in two postseason contests.
He caught 69.0 percent of throws, a significant increase over the 55.3 percent he caught in each of his previous two seasons, and tied for the league lead in touchdown catches. It was a big step, but he has to see even more opportunities to catch the ball and gain receiving yards this season to join the likes of Travis Kelce, George Kittle, Mark Andrews, and Darren Waller at the top of the league.
In Week 3 of the NFL season, Knox scored on a touchdown catch from Josh Allen against the Cincinnati Bengals. He had a hand in the Bills’ game-winning drive, grabbing another reception from Allen for 49 yards and going over two Bengals defenders along the way to set up a touchdown run by Frank Gore.
To help the Bills to a 21-17 victory, Knox caught three passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Knox’s first year as a pro was a mixed bag. He caught 28 of 50 targets for 388 yards and two scores.
After a positive test for COVID-19 on October 24, 2020, Knox was added to the reserve/COVID-19 list. On November 5, he went live with the team. In 2020, Knox would suit up for 12 games (starting 7) and amass 288 yards and 3 scores on 24 receptions.
Knox caught two passes for five yards and a touchdown from Josh Allen, the Bills’ quarterback, in the first quarter of their 27-24 Wild Card Round win over the Indianapolis Colts. Knox caught six passes for 42 yards and a touchdown as the Tennessee Titans lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-24, in the AFC Championship.
In 2021, Knox played a larger role in the Bills’ passing game. He caught two touchdown passes on Thanksgiving Day against the New Orleans Saints, bringing his season total to seven.
This broke the Buffalo Bills’ franchise record for touchdown receptions by a tight end in a season. With the Bills’ four-year, $53.6 million contract extension to Knox, which was finalized on September 7, 2022, he now ranks among the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL.
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