The Buffalo Bills locked down Josh Allen's blindside blocker.
The Bills announced Thursday they've signed left tackle Dion Dawkins to a four-year contract extension. NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported the deal is worth $60 million with $34 million guaranteed.
The 2017 second-round pick was entering the final year of his rookie contract. Now he's tied to Buffalo through the 2024 season.
"It just means that it's time to go earn it. It's definitely time to go out there and earn every penny of it," Dawkins told reporters of what signing the multi-year pact meant to him. "It just gives me that much more respect and it just shows the respect they had for myself that, listen, this is our franchise left tackle and Dion Dawkins is a piece that we can build around and we can continue to win games with."
Dawkins has started 43 games in his three years in Buffalo and has rounded into a solid blind-side pass blocker. The Bills believe the stalwart who has never missed a game in his career will continue to grow into the position. In a league constantly searching for quality tackle play, the Bills locking up Dawkins was a no-brainer.
The extension comes in a shade under Nate Solder's deal in New York, making Dawkins the fifth-highest-paid left tackle in the NFL and the seventh-highest-paid overall offensive tackle, per Over The Cap.