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Buffalo Bills Links, 8/8: Breaking down Josh Allen’s contract extension

Plus, recapping the standouts from Saturday’s Blue & Red practice.

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Both the Buffalo Bills and their star quarterback, Josh Allen, had expressed optimism that a long-term contract extension could be hammered out and, on Friday, news broke that Allen and the Bills had come to terms on a deal that would keep Buffalo’s All-Pro QB in Western New York through the 2028 season.

In today’s edition of the Bills daily links, we break down the contract—a six-year extension worth $258 million with $150 million guaranteed. We hear from Allen, general manager Brandon Beane, head coach Sean McDermott, and current and past players on the deal, which will pay Allen an average of $43 million per season.

Allen and Beane discuss how both sides successfully negotiated this contract extension and why a deal needed to be worked out before the season started. We also learn how this new deal—the second-richest for an NFL quarterback on a per-year basis—came to be, and why the extension raises the stakes for both Allen and the Bills moving forward.

We also recap Saturday’s Blue & Red practice, which drew 18,000 fans to Highmark Stadium. We reveal how Allen, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and Buffalo’s first-team offense put on a show for the fans, analyze how safety Micah Hyde and linebacker Tyler Matakevich delivered highlight reel plays, explore how running back Matt Breida stood out in a crowded backfield, examine how the team’s lack of depth along the offensive line could be a problem, and more!

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