Plus, recapping the standouts from Saturday’s Blue & Red practice.
Both the Buffalo Bills and their star quarterback, Josh Allen, had expressed optimism that a long-term contract extension could be hammered out and, on Friday, news broke that Allen and the Bills had come to terms on a deal that would keep Buffalo’s All-Pro QB in Western New York through the 2028 season.
In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we break down the contract—a six-year extension worth $258 million with $150 million guaranteed. We hear from Allen, general manager Brandon Beane, head coach Sean McDermott, and current and past players on the deal, which will pay Allen an average of $43 million per season.
Allen and Beane discuss how both sides successfully negotiated this contract extension and why a deal needed to be worked out before the season started. We also learn how this new deal—the second-richest for an NFL quarterback on a per-year basis—came to be, and why the extension raises the stakes for both Allen and the Bills moving forward.
We also recap Saturday’s Blue & Red practice, which drew 18,000 fans to Highmark Stadium. We reveal how Allen, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and Buffalo’s first-team offense put on a show for the fans, analyze how safety Micah Hyde and linebacker Tyler Matakevich delivered highlight reel plays, explore how running back Matt Breida stood out in a crowded backfield, examine how the team’s lack of depth along the offensive line could be a problem, and more!
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Josh Allen breaks the bank with contract extension…
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“ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter is reporting the deal is worth $258 million with $150 million in total guaranteed money,” writes Brayton J. Wilson.
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“Allen’s $43 million in average annual value is second to Mahomes’ $45 million,” writes Marcel Louis-Jacques.
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“There really shouldn’t have been a shred of doubt about the Josh Allen contract extension getting done this summer,” writes Sal Maiorana.
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Allen is now under contract through the 2028 season in Buffalo.
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“The deal gets tacked on to the two remaining years that were on Allen’s rookie contract, signed in 2018,” writes Mark Gaughan.
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“Buffalo has locked up its franchise quarterback for the long haul,” writes Chase Goodbread.
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“Josh Allen’s newfound wealth likely won’t change the type of person he is,” writes Sal Maiorana.
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“He is only behind Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who has a 10-year, $450 million contract.”
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“Josh Allen’s contract extension with the Bills tops the largest contract in total money ever given to a Buffalo athlete by quite a large margin.”
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“Make no mistake, the football he will play from here on out will be done so with a glaring spotlight shining on him,” writes Sal Maiorana.
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“Allen is now being paid like Mahomes, so anything short of winning the Super Bowl will be considered a disappointment,” writes Marcel Louis-Jacques.
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“Everyone paying close attention expected Beane to get this done before the season opener on Sept. 12. It made too much sense for both sides,” writes Mark Gaughan.
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Why Allen’s deal had to happen now
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Reactions to Allen’s mammoth extension
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“Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s extension was the talk of the football world Friday.”
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Thoughts and observations from Blue & Red practice
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“Here were observations from the ninth day of Bills training camp, which was attended by more than 18,000 fans in Orchard Park,” writes Mark Gaughan.
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“Bills guard Jon Feliciano is close to Allen, and he was overwhelmed that Allen got his new deal,” writes Paul Hamilton.
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Odds and ends
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“What has become increasingly unclear this week is whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo will play any role in what the team eventually gets in a stadium negotiation,” writes Tom Precious.
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“The team is getting better with every training camp practice, players have come back healthier and stronger than ever, and Josh Allen just signed a massive extension that will keep him in town for at least the next eight years,” writes Dante Lasting.
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