Mike Florio: Bills are 'playing with fire' if they don't sign Josh Allen this year

Florio thinks Allen could squeeze the Bills next offseason if he has another great season, despite no evidence supporting his claim

The Buffalo Bills appear confident they will sign quarterback Josh Allen to an extension that works for both sides. Earlier this offseason, Brandon Beane said a deal will happen when it’s “supposed to.”

That could come next season, just as Allen is getting ready to play on his fifth-year option.

But Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk says the Bills are taking a risky approach. In a recent column, Florio opines the Bills should re-sign Allen as soon as possible.

“Presumably, the Bills see the bond between Allen and Buffalo, and they assume that, eventually, Allen will agree to a structure and compensation level that helps both player and team,” Florio writes. “They may be right. … Then again, maybe the Bills are playing with fire.

“If Allen has an MVP season, the price goes up next year. Way up. And Allen would have every right, as he moves a year closer to free agency, to say to the Bills, 'You had your chance to do the right thing last year. You knew what could happen if you didn’t.'"

While Florio’s view sounds right in theory, there’s no evidence that Allen will squeeze the Bills. Last month, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Allen is willing to structure his deal in a way that’s friendly to Buffalo. And that can happen without leaving money on the table. Just look at Patrick Mahomes, who’s the highest-paid quarterback in football, but has microscopic cap hits of $5.3 million and $7.4 million over the first two years of his deal.

There’s also a long line of Bills players who have willingly taken discounts to stay. Just this offseason, linebacker Matt Milano and safety Micah Hyde signed hometown extensions. Meanwhile, wide receiver Stefon Diggs restructured his contact to save $8 million in cap space.

The Bills have created a culture that players want to be part of. There’s no indication that Allen will be the first guy to hold them up.

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