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Bills sign LT Dion Dawkins to 4-year, $60 million extension

A day after head coach Sean McDermott signed a multi-year contract extension, one of the building blocks that has been with him from the start also had his long-term future locked up.

Offensive tackle Dion Dawkins signed a four-year contract extension Thursday that runs through the 2024 season. Dawkins, who was entering the final year of his rookie contract, has been the team’s starting left tackle for the better part of his first three NFL seasons. He has 43 starts in 48 games as he has never missed a regular season contest in his career.

Dawkins, 26, has uncommon athleticism, which makes him a good fit for protecting Josh Allen’s blind side. He also has a pair of touchdown receptions in his career, which each came against division rivals. His first was against the Jets in 2018, and he had another against New England last season. He is one of two Bills offensive linemen (Mitch Frerotte) to catch two career touchdown passes.

A second-round pick (63rd overall) in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Temple, Dawkins is the first in Buffalo’s inaugural draft class under Sean McDermott to sign a long-term contract extension.

Dawkins is a native of Rahway, NJ.