The Buffalo Bills have one of the NFL’s best safety duos, with Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. Poyer’s contract was slated to end at the conclusion of the 2020 season. Today, the Bills made sure that won’t happen.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Bills have re-signed Poyer through the 2022 season. That’s a two-year extension for one-half of Buffalo’s safety tandem. Poyer is now signed for one year longer than Hyde. Hyde’s contract is set to expire after the 2021 season.
Poyer joined the Bills prior to the 2017 season, just one year removed from a major kidney injury suffered while playing for the Cleveland Browns. While his was the less heralded of the two signings at the time, Poyer has proven to be a valuable chess piece for head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
Equally adept at covering tight ends, slot receivers, and running backs in man coverage as he is playing deeper zones, Poyer has quietly developed into one of the best safeties in football. During his time with the Bills, he has averaged 70 tackles, two sacks, six tackles for a loss, seven pass breakups, and four interceptions per season.
Poyer certainly earned a hefty raise over the four-year, $13 million contract he signed with Buffalo in March 2017. His new contract will pay him $20.5 million over the course of the 2021 and 2022 seasons.
We projected a three-year, $29 million extension earlier this offseason, which is dead-on with his $10 million annual value. It’s a good deal for both sides.