What A New Deal Could Look Like For Jordan Poyer

It’s no secret that Buffalo Bills’ All-Pro safety, Jordan Poyer, is looking for a new contract. Poyer has become one of the best safeties in the league since he joined the Bills five seasons ago. He started dropping hints that he wanted a new deal after the Bills spent some big-time money on both new free agents, and their own players. The Bills held OTA’s this past week (OPTIONAL team appearances), and Poyer was absent from them despite still being in Buffalo doing charity work. Poyer told The Buffalo News reporter, Jay Skurski, “You know, I’m ready to go. I’m staying optimistic. Things will work themselves out. Still staying in contact with guys. I’m ready to play football.”  

Poyer’s Importance to the Buffalo Bills 

Jordan Poyer has been an anchor in what has been one of the best secondaries in the NFL the past few years. In his 5 years with Buffalo, he’s played in 79 games, recorded 18 interceptions, 36 passes defended, six forced fumbles, 10 sacks, 519 tackles, and 29 tackles for loss. Poyer’s 18 interceptions since 2017 ranks sixth in the league and his 519 tackles, in that same time span, ranks ninth. In his All-Pro season last year, Poyer tied a career-high with five interceptions, a new career-high with three sacks, and recorded 93 tackles with eight tackles for loss, and nine passes defended. He was also the only player in the league last season to record both three sacks and three interceptions. Outside of stats, Poyer has been a team captain multiple times and a huge leading voice in the locker room. He is a huge reason for the very high culture of the current Buffalo Bills, under head coach Sean McDermott.  

Why Poyer Deserves A New Deal  

Poyer hired prolific sports agent, Drew Rosenhaus, to be his new agent. Rosenhaus has confirmed that Poyer and he have reached out to the Bills about wanting a new deal. Poyer currently ranks as the 13th highest-paid safety in the NFL, making an average annual salary of $9.75 million. Both Poyer and Rosenhaus have expressed how much he loves Buffalo. He wants a deal that will keep him in Buffalo until he retires. Spotrac has the 31-year-old’s market value at $10.7 million average annual salary. Which would rank him fifth at his position, and just under one million more than his current deal per year. 

Taking in age, and stats from two seasons prior to a new deal, Spotrac compared Poyer to similar players and their deals. At age 28, Jimmie Ward signed a 3-year $28 million dollar contract. At age 29, Tyran Mathieu just signed a 3-year $28.3 million dollar deal, and at age 34, Devin McCourty signed a 1-year $9 million dollar deal. All three are making between $9 million to $9.5 million a season on average. In the past two seasons before their new deals, Poyer has a higher game played percentage than all but McCourty. He also has a higher tackles per game percentage than all and more interceptions per game percentage, except for Mathieu by only .07. Poyer also has a lower catch percentage in coverage than all but Ward by only 2.1 percent. A little bit more money definitely seems deserved for Poyer.  

What That Means 

To sum it up, Poyer definitely deserves a raise and he wants to be in Buffalo. The Buffalo Bills would love to have one of their Captains, and core pieces stick around as well. Being realistic for both sides, Poyer could vault up into the Budda Baker and Harrison Smith range. Which is between $14.75 million to $16 million average annual salary. Poyer could be looking for a deal similar to Vikings safety Harrison Smith (4-years $64 million). Ideally, a three-to-four-year deal with an annual average salary of about $15 million should make him happy. It would also keep him in Buffalo for the rest of his career. Now the hard part comes. Bills’ general manager, Brandon Beane, will have to perform more cap gymnastics to work it out before Poyer hits free agency after the end of this upcoming season.  

It is definitely going to be tough. Especially with the massive signing of Von Miller, big-time Stefon Diggs extension, and Josh Allen’s big-money deal set to hit the books next season. Not to mention, if you extend and raise Poyer, you will have to do the same for his running mate and fellow All-Pro safety, Micah Hyde. There is good news for the Bills though. The cap space number is expected to take a huge leap over the next two years. That is because of the new television deals set to hit the NFL. Some other players need new deals too. Tremaine Edmunds and Dawson Knox are also set to hit free agency after the season. Ed Oliver is a name to mention as needing a new deal too. Brandon Beane has been nothing short of great since taking over the Bills. But, his toughest and best piece of work may be yet to come. It is something to keep an eye on over the rest of the off-season and the upcoming regular season.  

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