Dion Dawkins, Buffalo Bills Reach Extension

The Buffalo Bills and star left tackle Dion Dawkins have agreed upon a four-year contract extension through the 2024 season. The new contract is worth $60 million.

Dion Dawkins Contract Extension

During three seasons in the NFL, Dawkins has been a staple at the tackle position. He has also caught two touchdown passes from quarterback Josh Allen. In three years he has started 43 of 48 games including two playoffs games for Buffalo.

Dawkins attended Rahway High School in New Jersey. After originally committing to the Cincinnati Bearcats, Dawkins signed with Temple in January 2013. Dawkins played for the Owls from 2013 to 2016 and was named a First Team All-American Athletic Conference selection after his senior year. In his college career, Dawkins started 41 of 44 career games.

After his college career concluded, Dawkins received an invitation to the Senior Bowl and started at guard for the North team. He was named the Senior Bowl’s top offensive lineman. Entering the draft, he was considered a top prospect after running a 5.11 in the 40-yard dash. He was ranked the second-best guard in the draft by Sports Illustrated and ranked the third-best guard by ESPN.

Buffalo selected Dawkins in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Dawkins was the second offensive guard drafted in 2017, behind Forrest Lamp. Dawkins played in all 16 games, starting 11 at left tackle in place of Cordy Glenn. The Bills made the playoffs, losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the wild-card round.

After Buffalo traded Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals, Dawkins became the official left tackle. Dawkins caught his first career pass and touchdown in Week 10 of the 2018 season against the New York Jets from Matt Barkley. He caught a second touchdown pass from Allen during Week 16 of 2019 against the New England Patriots. Buffalo once again made the playoffs, losing in the wild-card round to Houston.

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