The Buffalo Bills have signed safety Micah Hyde to a two year extension through 2023. Hyde’s contract will remain the same this season and he will earn $19.25 million in new money over the two additional years per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Hyde, along with fellow safety Jordan Poyer, were two early editions made by Sean McDermott to establish his vision on defense in Buffalo. Now Poyer is locked up through 2022 and Hyde through 2023.
Hyde has started 62 of a possible 64 games since arriving in Buffalo. He has recorded 282 tackles, nine interceptions and two forced fumbles. Hyde earned Pro Bowl honors and second-team All-Pro in 2017. This past season he recorded 70 tackles, one interception and five passes defensed.
With Tre White, Micah Hyde, and Jordan Poyer locked in the attention moves to the other positions on defense. Taron Johnson who came on strong at the end of 2020 is due to hit the market after this upcoming season. However, for now, the traditional nickel position is secure. The Bills biggest two needs in the secondary are the #2 boundary cornerback position and a hybrid box safety, or “Buffalo Nickel”.
If the Buffalo Bills look to free agency for CB2 names like Xavier Rhodes, Michael Davis, and Jason Verrett could be options. In the draft the Bills have met with Syracuse cornerbacks Ifeatu Melifonwu and Trill Williams. Both are expected to hear their names called on the second day of the draft.
If the Buffalo Bills look to free agency for a “Buffalo Nickel” they could turn their attention to Keanu Neal. The former first rounder has been productive when healthy in run support. He fits the mold of a safety who could play up in the box in a pseudo linebacker role. If the Bills look to the draft they have met with LSU safety JaCoby Stevens who many expect at 6’2, 230 to make a transition to off-ball linebacker. Trill Williams also has the athletic profile to be utilized in a hybrid role.