Count Josh Allen among those who isn’t worried about the prospect of him staying in Buffalo.
Back on the field for organized team activities this week (with a sweet visor, mind you), Allen brushed aside concerns about his contract. The Buffalo Bills exercised his fifth-year option earlier this month.
“I’m just trying to be the best quarterback that I can be for the Bills,” he said during his Zoom conference call with the Buffalo media on Tuesday. “That’s why as players, most of us, not all of us, have agents to take care of that side of things. Again, that’s the least most thing I’m worrying about right now. I’m just trying to find ways I can do better and be better for this team, and help us accomplish the goal that we want to accomplish.”
Allen says an upcoming nine-figure contract is the “least most thing” he’s worrying about. In other words, he must be very confident.
Bills general manager Brandon Beane has expressed similar sentiments about Allen’s next deal. Earlier this offseason, he said the team wants to get an extension hammered out soon.
“It helps you for your planning the sooner you can get that contract done,” he said. “Again, I hope that we can get him done, if not this year, next year.”
“I think on your guys’ end, getting it done quick would kill all these questions that you have about it,” he said Tuesday. "Again, I’m focused on being the best version of myself. Being the best quarterback, best leader that I can be for this team day in and day out.”
Given Allen’s MVP-caliber season — he completed 69.2% of his passes for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns — he could look to command a deal worth around $150 million overall. The financials are complex, but at least the hardest part is already figured out.
Allen wants to stay in Buffalo. Now it’s time for the two sides to sit down and work on a deal to keep this run going.
In case you missed any of Allen's comments made on Tuesday, you can listen to his entire conference call below: