ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WROC) — The Buffalo Bills locked up their franchise quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Josh Allen and the Bills agreed to terms Friday on a six-year, $258 million extension through the 2028 season. The 25-year-old will receive league-high $150 million guarantee.
“It’s a great feeling to be surrounded by such a great organization with the right coaches and the right teammates,” said Allen. “I love coming into work every day. I can’t continue to say how much of a blessing I am to be in Buffalo.”
Allen received the phone call at 3:45 a.m. on Friday morning informing him a deal was done. He joked “nothing good happens after midnight,” but was thrilled to receive the extension. Friday was also his mother’s birthday.
Earlier in training camp both Josh Allen and Brandon Beane shared they were in no rush to get a deal done before the season began. Beane felt the timing was right and the deal was done so both parties could win. This extension was not a matter of it, but when, with hopes of a franchise deal when Allen was drafted in 2018.
“We fought so hard to get those draft picks, that collateral to secure Josh,” said Beane. “This organization has what we believe in place to be our guy for the next eight years.”
“Obviously it’s a leap of faith on our part and Josh’s part as well but the trust that’s been built and the belief that he’s only going to continue to improve,” said McDermott. “The way he’s wired, the family he comes from, the way his teammates view him, that was big on doing it now for the future.”
Allen is fresh off of a career best season, recording 37 touchdowns and 10 interceptions last season leading the Bills to their first division title and playoff win since 1995.
The NFL MVP runner-up set several franchise single-season records in 2020:
- Pass TDs (37)
- Pass yards (4,544)
- Passer rating (107.2)
- Completions (396)
- Completion % (69.2)
“It’s surreal to be in this spot, but I’m just thankful to get it done,” said Allen. “They didn’t pay me for what I’ve done, it’s because they expect me to continue what I’m doing and expect me to win this team some championships.”