Spending sprees have slowed in some corners of the NFL world. But not so much when it comes to quarterbacks.
Buffalo Bills star Josh Allen is the latest to cash in with a huge pay day. And let’s just say this would be a satisfactory amount of money to buy enough Buffalo wings to appease those fans who keep breaking tables in parking lots:
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 6, 2021
ESPN insiders Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter are reporting Allen is getting a whopper of an extension. In total, it is a six-year contract worth up to $258 million. The deal includes $150 million in full guarantees and $100 million worth of guarantees upon signing.
So … I guess Mitchell Trubisky isn’t winning that starting job in Buffalo, eh?
Allen, 25, was the seventh overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft and is coming off his best season as a pro. After completing just 56.3 percent of his passes and throwing just 30 touchdowns against 21 interceptions in the first 28 games of his career in 2018 and 2019, Allen came out like gangbusters in 2020. Allen set career highs in completion percentage (69.2%), yards (4,544), and touchdowns (37) — all while dropping his interception rate to a tiny 1.7 percent. It all came in a year where Allen was named to the Pro Bowl and led the Bills to a 13-3 record and a trip to the AFC Championship Game.
All in all, it is the biggest deal since Patrick Mahomes’ mega-deal from July 2020. And it goes to a QB who could be seeing plenty of Mahomes in the years to come. Bringing in an AAV of $43 million is eye-opening, to be sure. Here’s hoping that we’ll be looking at Justin Fields topping that number three years from now.