Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield are among the many prime quarterbacks from the 2018 NFL Draft that stay in the hunt for a brand new contract. The quarterbacks all noticed their fifth-year choices picked up earlier this offseason, however every gamers’ entrance workplace has alluded to a attainable extension earlier than the beginning of the 2021 season. Regardless of these rumblings, every participant would proceed taking part in underneath their rookie contracts if the season began at present.
Because it pertains to Allen, Payments common supervisor Brandon Beane mentioned on Monday that each side have agreed to halt contract talks in the event that they haven’t come to phrases on an settlement earlier than Buffalo opens the season. The Payments’ three-game preseason will begin with a recreation at Detroit on Aug. 13. Beane mentioned that he and his quarterback are “in lockstep” so far as negotiations are involved.
“We’re in August, so I would say we’re down to a couple weeks to both get this carried out or delay it, and check out it once more in 2022,” Beane mentioned, through ESPN. “Hopefully, we are able to get one thing carried out this 12 months. But when not, we’ll be excited. Josh is aware of. He and I’ve had nice conversations this spring and summer season about it.”
Payments coach Sean McDermott not too long ago expressed optimism when requested a couple of attainable new contract for his quarterback. McDermott echoed Beane’s earlier sentiments that Allen might probably obtain a brand new deal earlier than the Payments kick issues off towards the Steelers in Week 1.
“Brandon talked about [a new contract], I believe on the finish of the spring follow interval there, and these items deal with themselves,” McDermott mentioned, through NFL.com’s Nick Shook. “They work themselves out once you obtained two events that wish to be collectively and have the identical finish aim in thoughts. Josh is a good, younger expertise and he matches so properly with Buffalo and the town and the city and the individuals of Buffalo. So, I firmly consider it is gonna work itself out.”
Whereas he might definitely put up one other banner season in 2021, Allen has good motive to hunt a brand new contract now following what was a breakout 2020 marketing campaign. After serving to the Payments clinch a playoff berth in 2019, Allen earned his first Professional Bowl nod final 12 months after scoring 45 complete touchdowns. Allen’s play helped Buffalo attain its first AFC Championship Sport since 1993.
Allen’s market worth is estimated at $168.6 million over 4 years, in keeping with Spotrac. And whereas he might obtain his market worth, Allen would reportedly be prepared to work with Buffalo on his extension so as to assist the Payments strengthen a roster that received 15 video games (together with the postseason) in 2020, in keeping with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Whereas Allen has good motive to pursue a brand new deal now, one other robust season would solely strengthen his market worth in 2022. Allen may be prepared to play the ready recreation — seeing what Mayfield and Jackson obtain from their respective groups — earlier than advancing his personal contract negotiations.