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Buffalo Bills have franchise cornerstones locked in for future

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills added the crown jewel to their collection on Friday, inking Josh Allen to a massive deal to be their quarterback for the next eight years. It’s a move that’s been coming since his stellar 2020 season and the team has been preparing for it since he was drafted.

But around Allen, the Bills have also been extending franchise cornerstones on significant contracts with the QB being just the latest in a line of foundational contracts.

  • GM Brandon Beane signed through 2025
  • HC Sean McDermott signed through 2025
  • QB Josh Allen signed through 2028
  • WR Stefon Diggs signed through 2023
  • LT Dion Dawkins signed through 2024
  • LB Matt Milano signed through 2024
  • CB Tre’Davious White signed through 2025
  • S Micah Hyde signed through 2023

S Jordan Poyer and LB Tremaine Edmunds are signed through 2022, as well. Starting offensive linemen Daryl Williams and Jon Feliciano are locked up for multiple seasons. Their young pass rushers are signed for three, four, and potentially five more seasons in the case of Greg Rousseau. Their running backs have two more years on their deal at minimum.

The Bills have already maintained significant continuity from year to year, with Brian Daboll back for his fourth year as offensive coordinator and Leslie Frazier in his fifth year as defensive coordinator. Those guys will likely be around for some time unless they get a head coaching job, something Daboll seems destined to accomplish. The team set up a succession plan for that this offseason by promoting QB coach Ken Dorsey to passing game coordinator.

The most high-profile departure from the team is probably Dan Morgan, who joined the Carolina Panthers as their Assistant General Manager.

Beane and McDermott have their blueprint and executed it, securing the secondary with three strong players, adding linebackers who can cover space, securing their left tackle, and adding a dynamic pass-catching combo.

Sure, the next two years seem like a great Super Bowl window, but with most of those men locked in on long-term deals, it could be even longer.