Brandon Beane: Despite restricted salary cap, Josh Allen extension can be done

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Over the past few days, Bills head coach Sean McDermott and General Manager have both touted quarterback Josh Allen’s growth over the 2020 season.

Allen’s progression was a big part of why Buffalo reached the AFC Championship Game, they’ve said, making it clear that Allen has proven he is the long-term solution at QB.

Now that he’s completed his third season, Allen is eligible for a contract extension. But with the 2021 salary cap expected to go down to around $180 million, some players who may have earned a raise may not get one.

But during a Thursday appearance on WGR 550 sports radio, Beane said there’s still a chance the Bills could extend Allen this offseason.

“It can be done. We may have to be creative, but it could be done,” Beane said, via Chris Brown of the Bills official website.

Allen is entering the last year of his rookie deal, though the Bills will certainly pick up his fifth-year option.

8 responses to “Brandon Beane: Despite restricted salary cap, Josh Allen extension can be done

  1. So much for their window, best chance to win was with Allen on his rookie deal and using the extra $ to fill in the gaps with proven talent. Now with a reduced cap and a bloated Allen figure that makes things dicey. Add in the fact that Diggs will wanna be #1 paid receiver next offseason if he puts up numbers again. Easy to go from young and hungry to paid and complacent, especially when they wont be able to pay the supporting cast.

  2. Do a deal similar to Mahomes. Let him play out his 4th and 5th years in 2021 and 2022 and his new deal hits in 2023 when the cap should be back to around normal. Not that hard. Allen seems the type that would do that as long as the guaranteed number was significant.

  3. Carson Wentz also had one really good season before he got a huge contract extension. Maybe Allen will be different, but no one knows if his growth will be sustained until he shows it on the field. It may cost them more if he has another big year, but at least that comes with knowing that he’s more of a proven player, rather than taking a big gamble on someone who only has one big year on his resume.
    But then patience isn’t really a virtue in the NFL…

  4. toothfairyretributionmanifesto says:
    January 28, 2021 at 9:06 am
    So much for their window, best chance to win was with Allen on his rookie deal and using the extra $ to fill in the gaps with proven talent. Now with a reduced cap and a bloated Allen figure that makes things dicey. Add in the fact that Diggs will wanna be #1 paid receiver next offseason if he puts up numbers again. Easy to go from young and hungry to paid and complacent, especially when they wont be able to pay the supporting cast.

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    They can move some things around. Re-work Dion Dawkins deal, John Brown may be out, Addision and Morse could have their deals re-worked to make things fit if you look at their cap situation. It is a much easier task than teams like the Rams have dealt with in the past. You just will see no big splashes in free agency, however I am confident there will be trades made.

  5. malcomreynolds says:
    January 28, 2021 at 1:19 pm
    Carson Wentz also had one really good season before he got a huge contract extension. Maybe Allen will be different, but no one knows if his growth will be sustained until he shows it on the field.

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    In Carson’s case, he was never the same after his knee injury. You extend a QB who has played like Allen, but there is absolutely no guarantees. The QB market is what kills teams when your passer’s play starts to dip.

  6. Am I the only person to recognize the total absence of a running gm for Buff? Allen needs a solid RB – he is going to get killed sooner or later. Only Pittsburgh may have a worse RB room.

  7. Please do your homework folks, Bills adjusted Diggs contract and he is signed for 3 more seasons at a very workable number.

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