ORCHARD PARK, NY – Bill’s general manager Brandon Beane told The Associated Press Monday that he was giving himself until the start of the regular season to negotiate a long-term extension with quarterback Josh Allen before postponing discussions until next year.
Beane wouldn’t give an exact date to say the two sides agreed to suspend talks before week 1 in September so as not to distract the fourth-year starter, whose rookie contract runs until the end of the 2022 season.
“Josh and I are in lockstep,” said Beane during a brief post-training interview. “There won’t be any negotiations during the season. At some point we’ll hit the pause button.”
The Bills are in their second week of training, opening their three-game preseason schedule on August 13 in Detroit.
Beane first hinted at a deadline earlier in the day during an appearance on the Bills’ flagship radio station, Buffalo’s WGR-550.
“We’ll see you here soon. We are in August so I would say we have just a few weeks to either get this done or postpone and try again in 2022, ”he said. “Hopefully we can do something this year. But if we don’t, we’ll be excited. Josh knows. He and I had great conversations about it this spring and summer.”
The Bills bought their time to negotiate in May when they exercised the fifth year option – valued at nearly $ 23 million – from Allen’s contact. The fifth year of the contract is guaranteed, although the Bills can renegotiate the deal as part of a contract extension.
Allen earned a sizeable raise after a landmark season in which he set numerous franchise pass and scoring records by leading Buffalo to his first AFC East title since 1995 and his deepest playoff run in 27 years. Buffalo’s season ended in a loss to Kansas City in the AFC Championship Game.
With this, the 25-year-old Allen cemented a position that had been unresolved in Buffalo since the departure of Hall of Famer Jim Kelly after the 1996 season.
Allen opened the training camp by saying he wasn’t worried about contract talks.
“Whether it happens or not, it won’t change the way I approach my team about being the best teammate, the best leader I can be for this team and this organization,” said Allen. “My focus is entirely on the field.”