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Bills pick up Allen, Edmunds 5th-year contract options
 

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds are staying around for at least two more seasons.
 

The Bills on Monday exercised the fifth-year options of both players’ contracts and retained the 2018 first-round draft picks through the 2022 season. The move comes at a combined price of about $36 million, with Allen set to make nearly $23 million in his final year.
 

The fifth year of the contracts is guaranteed, though the Bills can renegotiate the deals.
 

General manager Brandon Beane had raised concerns how he’ll fit both contracts under a slow-growing salary cap. The key now becomes negotiating extensions before the fifth-year options kick in for next season.
 

“It’s not an ideal scenario for that to pick them both up and not extend them,” Beane said a week before the draft. “So we just got to kind of figure out how we can make that work in our system.”
 

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I had a :classic_blink:  moment going "where's Josh Allen!?" - then I recalled he was not under 25.

 

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23. Bills MLB Tremaine Edmunds (23)

Some would argue he's yet to consistently live up to his ceiling as a young, imposingly built talent, but he's still an impressive guy to have roaming the middle. His three-year production (355 tackles, 14 QB hits, 5.5 sacks) earned him more time in Buffalo.

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Another Cover 1 article.

 

WHAT DOES FRED WARNER’S CONTRACT MEAN FOR BILLS LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS?

Tremaine Edmunds is going to get paid. The question Buffalo Bills fans have been asking throughout the 2021 NFL offseason is just how much? On Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers inked star middle linebacker, Fred Warner, to a new five-year, $95 million contract extension that includes $40.5 million in guarantees. Warner, who is widely considered the best linebacker in the NFL, sets the market at the position and creates some parameters from which the Bills front office and Edmunds’ agent can begin to work out a deal.

 

Buffalo exercised Edmunds’ fifth-year option during the offseason, locking the young linebacker in for the 2022 season at $12.716 million unless the two sides reach an agreement on a new deal.

 

Edmunds is a polarizing player among the Bills’ fanbase. Drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft at just 20-years old, Edmunds has been a steady presence in the middle of Buffalo’s defense since day one, missing just two games since joining the team.  While not yet the elite gamechanger many hoped he’d immediately be, Edmunds has steadily improved in each of his three seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two years.

 

Following an impressive 2019 campaign that led many to project him as a breakout candidate the following year, Edmunds suffered a shoulder injury in Week 1 last year that caused him to miss the second game of the 2020 season. But instead of missing significant time, Edmunds fought through the pain to get back on the field and help the team for the remainder of the season. The injury clearly impacted his overall effectiveness and his play, particularly during the first half of the season, suffered as a result.

 

Edmunds finished the 2020 season as Pro Football Focus’ No. 44 ranked linebacker, finishing at No. 22 against the run. These poor grades were largely due to his play during the first half of the season while playing through injury. But as Edmunds got healthier as the season grew, his play improved simultaneously. From Weeks 8-17, Edmunds graded out as PFF’s No. 18 overall linebacker and No. 5 against the run.

Now, what does this all mean for Edmunds concerning his second contract that’s looming in the not-so-distant future? Let’s dive into the numbers to determine what kind of contract Edmunds can expect to receive given the money that Fred Warner was just rewarded with.

 

 

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4 hours ago, Foxx said:

Another Cover 1 article.

 

WHAT DOES FRED WARNER’S CONTRACT MEAN FOR BILLS LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS?

Tremaine Edmunds is going to get paid. The question Buffalo Bills fans have been asking throughout the 2021 NFL offseason is just how much? On Wednesday, the San Francisco 49ers inked star middle linebacker, Fred Warner, to a new five-year, $95 million contract extension that includes $40.5 million in guarantees. Warner, who is widely considered the best linebacker in the NFL, sets the market at the position and creates some parameters from which the Bills front office and Edmunds’ agent can begin to work out a deal.

 

Buffalo exercised Edmunds’ fifth-year option during the offseason, locking the young linebacker in for the 2022 season at $12.716 million unless the two sides reach an agreement on a new deal.

 

Edmunds is a polarizing player among the Bills’ fanbase. Drafted in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft at just 20-years old, Edmunds has been a steady presence in the middle of Buffalo’s defense since day one, missing just two games since joining the team.  While not yet the elite gamechanger many hoped he’d immediately be, Edmunds has steadily improved in each of his three seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two years.

 

Following an impressive 2019 campaign that led many to project him as a breakout candidate the following year, Edmunds suffered a shoulder injury in Week 1 last year that caused him to miss the second game of the 2020 season. But instead of missing significant time, Edmunds fought through the pain to get back on the field and help the team for the remainder of the season. The injury clearly impacted his overall effectiveness and his play, particularly during the first half of the season, suffered as a result.

 

Edmunds finished the 2020 season as Pro Football Focus’ No. 44 ranked linebacker, finishing at No. 22 against the run. These poor grades were largely due to his play during the first half of the season while playing through injury. But as Edmunds got healthier as the season grew, his play improved simultaneously. From Weeks 8-17, Edmunds graded out as PFF’s No. 18 overall linebacker and No. 5 against the run.

Now, what does this all mean for Edmunds concerning his second contract that’s looming in the not-so-distant future? Let’s dive into the numbers to determine what kind of contract Edmunds can expect to receive given the money that Fred Warner was just rewarded with.

 

 

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The BILLS second half schedule was clearly easier (only 2 playoff teams in the second half and both were home games).  I am not at all convinced about Edmunds.  If I have to dump $20M a season into that dude, he better have an absolute MONSTER year this season.

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53 minutes ago, Alaska Darin said:

The BILLS second half schedule was clearly easier (only 2 playoff teams in the second half and both were home games).  I am not at all convinced about Edmunds.  If I have to dump $20M a season into that dude, he better have an absolute MONSTER year this season.

I still can't help but think he would be better positioned as an outside backer. Let's hope he has a breakthrough year and proves us doubters wrong.

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I posted this in the Bills linebacker thread, too.

A reminder about what Beane said about Edmunds at his end of year presser.

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The Bills picked up the fifth-year option on the 16th overall pick in the 2018 draft, and Edmunds is guaranteed $12.7 million in 2022. Edmunds wears the green dot on his helmet, so he's responsible for relaying coaches' signals to teammates and plays a key role in coordinator Leslie Frazier’s defense as the middle linebacker alongside Matt Milano, who signed a four-year, $41.5 million contract last offseason to return to the team in free agency.
 

As of now, the Bills will be investing $34.6 million in the linebacker position in 2022, per Spotrac, while the league average is $25.8 million.
 

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“Interesting guy (Edmunds) because they don't use him in coverage very much. He'll cover backs at times, but he rarely covers was tight ends, because Milano does that or if Milano blitzes, they have one of the safeties do that,” Greg Cosell of NFL Films, an analyst on ESPN's NFL Matchup, said. “Edmunds rarely matches up man-to-man to tight ends, which is kind of interesting in and of itself, given his length and his athleticism. … It just strikes me as odd given the athletic traits. I think he's a good player. My sense is he's not a dominant player.”
 

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The middle linebacker market was reset last offseason when Darius Leonard and Fred Warner -- two linebackers selected outside of the first round in 2018 -- received extensions averaging over $19 million per year. A deal for Edmunds wouldn’t get near that territory, but he will be looking to be paid appropriately.
 

“[The role of the linebackers in the Bills defense is] critical, because they play nickel on every snap,” Cosell said. “The two linebackers are absolutely critical, and you can make the argument that Milano and Edmunds together are among the best nickel duo in the league.”
 

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