The Bills Gifted Josh Allen a New Best Friend in Rodger Saffold

Josh Allen‘s ascension toward becoming one of the game’s best talents sits coupled with the Buffalo Bills becoming a legitimate Super Bowl contender. The Bills are in a promising spot to take the next step toward reaching that lofty goal.

However, the bulk of those efforts requires the front office to further build the roster around the star quarterback. Buffalo has quickly leaped in that direction by snatching former Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl guard Rodger Saffold in free agency.

Josh Allen has tranformed the Bills into a Super Bowl contender

Buffalo Bills Josh Allen attempts to a make a pass during an NFL game.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen attempts a pass during an NFL game. | Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

Over the last couple of seasons, the Bills have emerged as one of the league’s top teams.

Buffalo sat only 13 seconds away from reaching their second straight AFC championship game, further underlying their promising future ahead. Josh Allen sits at the forefront of that charge as he’s engrained himself as one of the game’s best quarterbacks.

The 26-year-old is coming off another highly productive campaign, throwing for 4,407 yards with 36 touchdown passes and holding a 92.2 passer rating. As the Bills look to maximize Allen’s talent, the front office has quickly given the Pro Bowl quarterback reason to be excited with their first free agency move.

The Bills gifted Josh Allen a new best friend in Rodger Saffold

Shortly after the Bills released starting right guard Daryl Williams, the front office quickly filled the void.

The franchise didn’t look far to find his replacement by inking former Titans guard Rodger Saffold to a one-year deal. The 33-year-old spent the last three seasons with the Titans, developing into a highly dependable starter.

He’s coming off earning his first Pro Bowl selection after making 15 starts at left guard in 2021. Saffold also has experience playing at left tackle and right guard.

He has proven to be quite durable, playing in 92 out of the last 97 possible games over the previous six campaigns. Beyond helping protect Josh Allen’s blindside, he will provide a notable boost in the running game.

Buffalo is coming off ranking sixth in rushing with 129.9 yards per game and 4.8 years per attempt. They possessed a two-pronged rushing attack led by running back Devin Singletary (870 yards) and Allen (763). The Bills will need Saffolds’s 6-foot-5 and 325-pound frame to open up more running lanes in 2022.

However, the primary focus lies on keeping Allen healthy as he’s developed into one of the league’s top quarterbacks. The 26-year-old has become Buffalo’s driving force, making them into a legitimate Super Bowl contender.

Keep in mind Allen’s massive six-year, $258 million extension he inked last offseason doesn’t start to take effect until the 2023 campaign. All that gives the Bills plenty more reason to stabilize further the offensive line to keep their star quarterback healthy.

Buffalo will continue to build around star quarterback

Saffold resolves one area of need, but the Bills hold other matters to address that revolve around their star quarterback.

The wide receiver room will presumably look slightly different as Cole Beasley searches for a feasible trade, while Emmanuel Sanders is a free agent. Sanders has hinted at retirement but could draw interest from other teams needing a proven veteran wide receiver help, such as the Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, or Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

However, those possible departures could lead to Gabriel Davis solidifying himself as the second receiving option behind Pro Bowler Stefon Diggs. The Bills are a bit cap-strung, with roughly $5.7 million under the cap, according to Spotrac. Those parameters could see the front office move around contract bonuses to free up more financial flexibility.

Diggs, who is in the fourth year of his five-year, $72 million deal, is eligible for an extension. That could help create more cap space for Buffalo to add to the roster. Nonetheless, expect the Bills to remain busy to take advantage of their Super Bowl contention window.

Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.

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