The Buffalo Bills new projected cap space has the team at $-19M, according to Spotrac, which means somebody is going to have to leave. And unfortunately that could be fan favorite Jordan Poyer, who is now 31 years old. Poyer has been with the team since the new regime arrived at Buffalo in 2017. Since then, he’s been named to one Pro Bowl, and one All-Pro team. Which begs the question, should the Bills open the checkbook for the star safety?
The majority of Bills Mafia (68.8%) want to see Poyer back.
What a potential contract would look like
The Bills have two options if they wish to retain Poyer:
- Franchise tag
- Multi-year extension
A franchise tag would cost the Bills $14M this season against the salary cap. Meanwhile, Spotrac has Jordan Poyer’s next contract estimated at three years/$33M, which would take him until he’s 34 years old. That potential contract would put him up there with Tyrann Mathieu, Micah Hyde, Quandre Diggs, and Devin McCourty. Buffalo will need around $7M in cap space for their rookies this year, and will also have multiple free agents to pay, including Tremaine Edmunds.
If the Bills do let Poyer walk, safety will be a significant need in March and April. Currently, the team only has one safety on the roster behind Micah Hyde: Jared Mayden, who they claimed off waivers from the New York Jets.
Poyer and his wife are definitely making it seem like he’s leaving, considering his wife has liked a bunch of tweets linking him to the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins, and he changed his Twitter banner to a picture of Michael Jordan’s “Last Dance”. Breaking up the Micah Hyde/Jordan Poyer duo is going to be a tough pill for this regime to swallow, but the Bills will have to figure out who they value more: Edmunds or Poyer.
If this is the end of Jordan Poyer’s tenure with the Buffalo Bills, fans will get to see him suit up one more time this weekend at the Pro Bowl games.
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