The Buffalo Bills have become an NFL powerhouse behind the stellar play of rising star quarterback Josh Allen. He has quickly developed into one of the game’s best talents. With his rookie deal nearly up, Allen recently chimed in regarding the status of his next contract.
Josh Allen’s rise to NFL stardom
Allen entered the NFL with plenty of questions about his ability to transition to the next level.
The Wyoming product quickly silenced those doubters as he helped transform the Bills into a playoff constant. Allen strung an MVP-caliber campaign as he set Bills’ single-season records with 4,544 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns, a 69.1% completion rate, and a 107.2 passer rating.
It includes a team record with four games with at least 300 passing yards and four touchdown passes in a single season. His play helped push Buffalo to the doorstep of reaching the Super Bowl behind 817 passing yards and five touchdown passes in three playoff games.
Allen’s progressively improving play shifts the attention toward his long-term future as he near the end of his rookie deal. That said, the Pro Bowler’s latest comments should put Bills fans at ease before the 2021 season.
Josh Allen remains unbothered by lack of extension talks with Bills: ‘Least-most thing I’m worrying about right now’
Allen’s rise, coupled with the Bills‘ sustained success, has pushed his contract situation to the forefront.
The 25-year-old is in the fourth year of his rookie deal that includes a $23 million fifth-year option for the 2022 season. As the 2021 campaign nears closer, Allen voiced that he isn’t concerned about his contractual standing.
“I’m just trying to be the best quarterback that I can be for the Bills,” Allen said, via Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News. “That’s why as players, most of us, not all of us, have agents to take care of that side of things. Again, that’s the least most thing I’m worrying about right now. I’m just trying to find ways I can do better and be better for this team, and help us accomplish the goal that we want to accomplish.”
Allen has accomplished more than enough to warrant the conversation concerning his next deal. He has transformed the Bills into a powerhouse while proving to be one of the league’s top quarterbacks.
The Wyoming product has surpassed all expectations as he’s become a bonafide franchise cornerstone that the team can build around for the next decade. The question becomes how much the Bills are willing to spend to keep their star quarterback.
Massive pay day lies ahead in Buffalo
Like Lamar Jackson, Allen remains amid a promising situation that will lead to a massive extension.
The 25-year-old holds a strong basis to work with after Dak Prescott’s four-year, $160 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys. Allen’s resume is shorter, but his accomplishments certainly rival what Prescott has done through his first five seasons.
He continues to take significant steps forward in his development, becoming a more effective passer and game-changing talent with his arm. More importantly, Allen pushed the Bills a win away from reaching the Super Bowl in more than two decades.
It’s not to say that his extension will come close to the massive 10-year deal Patrick Mahomes received, but he will garner a franchise-record agreement.
Spotrac currently has his market value at a four-year, $168.6 million contract, which would put him at roughly $42 million per season. That alone would place him behind only Mahomes for the highest annual salary in NFL history.
Allen is getting a massive payday ahead, and it’s only a matter of when not if.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.