A few years back, it may have been hard to envision Josh Allen as the clear-cut choice to lead the Buffalo Bills for years and years to come.
Now, it's pretty hard to imagine any other scenario. After all, a near-MVP season, in which Allen led the league's No. 2 offense to a 13-3 record while accounting for 46 total touchdowns (37 passing, eight rushing, one receiving) is pretty hard to beat in only a quarterback's third year of NFL action.
Of course, money always complicates things just a tad. Still, with a talent like Allen, an extension is practically inevitable. It's not as much a matter of "if" than it is a matter of "when."
Bills general manager Brandon Beane told NFL Network's Jim Trotter and Steve Wyche on the "Huddle and Flow" podcast that he hopes the two parties can work out an extension sooner than later.
"It helps you for your planning the sooner you can get that contract done," Beane said. "Again, I hope that we can get him done, if not this year, next year."
But what about Allen's perspective? How much is he sweating getting a deal done?
Based on his appearance on the latest episode of Spotify's "10 Questions With Kyle Brandt" — where Allen discusses everything from his contract and COVID-19 to "The Office" and Justin Bieber — it doesn't sound like he's too worried.
"When it happens, it happens," Allen told Brandt. "I want to listen and be engaged in the contract talks. Ultimately, that's why you pay your agents and that's why you hire a guy like Brandon Beane and [assistant general manager] Joe Schoen and the front office guys and what they do.
"So they'll iron out the details, and if we can get to something soon, I'd obviously love to be locked down in Buffalo for a very long time. You know, it's a place that I call home and I love being there. I love the fan base, I love the city. It's everything that I want, you know... so if they called up and wanted to talk tomorrow, I'd be willing. But we'll see, you know. We'll cross that bridge when we get there."
Brandt pressed Allen on Beane's quote about the possibility of not getting a deal done this year and delaying the extension until next year, but he didn't dive too far into that scenario.
"I think Brandon Beane is extremely good at his job, and he gets paid to be the general manager of the Buffalo Bills, and I get paid to be the quarterback," Allen said. "So, until any of that changes, I'm going to be the best version of myself, the best quarterback, the best teammate that I can be for the Bills."
In Beane's discussion with Trotter and Weiss, he also noted that he did not want to get into the franchise tag because they "want Josh here for the long term" and they want him to be happy. Happiness is not the word that Allen associated with franchise tag when Brandt asked him about it, so Beane is certainly on to something there.
"Eww," Allen said when Brandt brought up that undesirable two-word term. "I don't think it's great for the team nor the player and again, I need to do more research on it, but if you look at the guys that have been tags in the past couple years, as far as the quarterback position goes — which is Dak [Prescott] and Kirk Cousins — at the end of the day, you can make the case that they should've just done the deal the year prior, or a couple years prior.
"So it is what it is. At the end of the day, whatever happens, happens. And it's not gonna deter me from trying to be, like I said, the best quarterback of the Bills."