The Buffalo Bills announced on Monday afternoon that the team has signed kickoff specialist Jordan Gay to a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Gay, who will turn 25 later this month, spent the 2014 season in that role for the Bills, helping the team improve its field position differentials while the unit as a whole made a bottom-to-top turnaround in terms of productivity.
Jordan Gay had touchbacks on 49 of 80 KO attempts for the #Bills last season.— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) March 9, 2015
Last week, the Bills extended tenders to three of their four exclusive rights free agents, with the lone exception being Gay. Now we know why: they were taking a different, more ironclad route to ensuring that he'd be around, while also protecting the $9 million investment they made in placekicker Dan Carpenter last offseason, as well.
The next step for Gay: seeing how into the idea of a kickoff specialist new head coach Rex Ryan is. It'll help his cause that special teams coordinator Danny Crossman remains with the organization.