The Buffalo Bills opened their wallet this off-season and handed out some big-time money. Both in the form of new free agents and extending their own players. The Bills just inked star receiver Stefon Diggs to a 4-year $96 million contract extension on Wednesday. They also signed center Mitch Morse to a 2-year $19.5 million extension right before free agency opened. General manager Brandon Beane also signed premier pass rusher Von Miller to a 6-year $120 million deal. With all this money being thrown around, it seems like All-Pro safety Jordan Poyer could be looking for a new deal and raise as well.
Jordan Poyer Dropping Hints
Shortly after the news of Stefon Diggs’ extension hit social media, it was announced that Jordan Poyer had hired top-tier agent Drew Rosenhaus. The first-team All-Pro safety has been in Buffalo for the past 5 seasons but only has one year left on his deal. Poyer’s wife Rachel Bush was actively campaigning on Twitter Wednesday for a new deal for Poyer. Tweeting and deleting an array of things like reminding everyone that Poyer was an All-Pro and that Poyer has been taking team-friendly deals for the Buffalo Bills. She even retweeted multiple tweets from fans voicing their support for a Poyer extension. The Bills extended Poyer 2 years ago in which they gave him a well-deserved raise. The first person to talk about an extension and raise for Poyer around then was Bush, and we could be seeing it play out that way again.
Poyer’s Current Contract
Poyer was arguably the best safety in the league last season. He currently ranks as the thirteenth highest-paid safety in the league. He is making an average of $9.75 million a season with a total contract value of $19.5 million. Just under him is his running mate in Bills’ second-team All-Pro safety Micah Hyde. Hyde is making an average of $9.625 million a season with a total contract value of $19.25 million. Together the two form the best safety duo in the league and it is no secret both are underpaid. They both deserve to be paid their worth and are core players for the Bills.
Unfortunately, the NFL is still a business and not everyone can get paid. Both safeties will be 31 years old heading into the season. Following this season, the Bills also have decisions to make on Dawson Knox, Ed Oliver, Devin Singletary, and Tremaine Edmunds. Not everyone can get paid when your star quarterback is not on his rookie deal anymore. The question now looms, who will get the extensions? Are the Bills willing to tie up big-time money to their safety heading towards his middle thirties? General manager Brandon Beane is no stranger to awarding his players. He has given out raises and extensions, and another could be on the way soon.
Jordan Poyer by the Numbers
Jordan Poyer is a nine-year veteran and has been the Bills starting safety for the past five seasons. He burst onto the scene after joining Sean McDermott and the Bills and quickly became an underrated star. He was finally recognized this past year when he was named to first-team All-Pro. Poyer tied a career-high with 5 interceptions, a new career-high with 3 sacks, and recorded 93 tackles with 8 tackles for loss, and 9 passes defended. Paired up with Micah Hyde, Poyer has been a force in the back end of the Bills’ defense. In his 5 years with Buffalo, he’s played in 79 games, recorded 18 interceptions, 36 passes defended, 6 forced fumbles, 10 sacks, 519 tackles, and 29 tackles for loss.
Poyer ranks 6th in the league in interceptions since he joined the Bills in 2017 with 18. He also ranks 9th in the league in tackles over that same time span with 519. Since teaming up with Hyde in Buffalo in 2017 the stud duo has combined for 32 interceptions, 875 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, and 9 forced fumbles. They have both also been extremely important in changing the culture and turning the Bills into consistent contenders. Losing either Poyer or Hyde would be a gigantic blow to the Buffalo Bills’ defense, which ranked first in the league last season. Brandon Beane will have to continue his contract number wizardry to keep both fan favorites, and team captains around, and it may come sooner rather than later for Poyer too.