Bills admit it’s not ideal to pick up two fifth-year options

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The Bills want to sign Josh Allen to a long-term deal, and Josh Allen wants to sign a long-term deal with the Bills. The Bills aren’t in a rush to get a deal done, knowing they have a fifth-year option they can exercise to ensure the quarterback remains in Buffalo at least through the 2022 season.

But the fifth-year option could create more of an urgency to get a deal done before the 2022 season since the Bills have two players they drafted in the first round in 2018.

The team has until May 3 to exercise the fifth-year options for Allen and Tremaine Edmunds. Allen’s fifth-year option is worth $23.106 million, while Edmunds’ is $12.716 million.

“The short answer is, we’re going to wait until after the draft to figure that out,” General Manager Brandon Beane said, via NFL Media. “We’ve had some discussions, but really, that’ll be front and center as soon as the draft is done.

“The hard part of this year is going to be, the cap has gone down, [we] don’t know exactly where it’s going to be next year, probably not a huge increase. Josh’s number is in the 20s because of a Pro Bowl. Tremaine has made a couple Pro Bowls, he’s pushing 13. You can’t really be flexible with those cap numbers, so we got to make sure if we pick them both up that we’re going to have close to 35 million space in next year’s cap. It’s not an ideal scenario from that to pick them both up and not extend them, so we just got to figure out how to make that work in our system. But we’ll have that answer once the draft is over.”

There is no decision to make: The Bills will pick up options for both players. However, a change in the Collective Bargaining Agreement makes the fifth-year option fully guaranteed once exercised.

The ideal scenario for the Bills would be to get long-term deals completed with both players at some point in the next year.

15 responses to “Bills admit it’s not ideal to pick up two fifth-year options

  1. Imagine extending Matt Milano just to watch Tremaine Edmunds walk. That’s poor roster management.

  2. Lift with your legs, not your back if you’re having trouble picking up those options Beane.

  3. Three predictions:

    1. Edmunds will not get a fifth year option because he doesn’t have “it” imo.
    2. Allen will get a fifth year option but not a long term deal until 2022. Noise!
    3. Bills will draft an impact defender early.and maybe often.

  4. Prioritize Josh. It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world to evaluate Tremaine for one more year.

  5. I challenge anyone to watch Edmunds play to play and compare him to amy impact LB in the league. Watch last years AFC Championship and you will see a player way out of his league. Not the first time either. Didn’t even lead team in tackles.

  6. Edmunds graduated early from college and is 22? He’s going to be like shot out of a cannon because it’s a contract year.

  7. The option for Josh Allen is guaranteed to be picked up if no contract extension is made. Once signed, they get another year to negotiate, so that helps. The draft will directly determine the other contract. Drafting a potential quality replacement allows for not picking up the 5th year option. Then, if reasonable extension failed, they are set with the replacement.

  8. Please, the Bills starting nose opted out last season. Without Star L. on the field, a price was paid, and Edmunds suffered.

  9. Typical salary cap stuff. This is why it’s so hard to keep a winning roster. Eventually too many need to be paid.

  10. After seeing what happened with Goff and Wentz I can understand the Bills hesitancy in giving Allen a huge long term deal. He’s had just one good year, let’s see him do it again.

  11. “Edmunds is way overrated as well.

    “pro bowls”


    Fun trivia: Edmunds is only 22 years old.

    He’ll be part of Patriots nightmares for years to come.

    Didn’t you also say that Milano was a glorified special teamer, who the Bills overpaid for even though he took less than market value just so he could stay in Buffalo?

  12. yeahbut says:
    April 20, 2021 at 9:25 pm
    One AFC EAST win and already money problems. Bye Bills.

    The Bills had SIX AFC East wins last season !

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