A number of Buffalo Bills players have taken pay cuts in recent weeks to help the team stay under the salary cap and keep last season’s AFC Championship squad largely intact, but an insider believes it may be less likely that Josh Allen gives the team a discount on his next deal.
The team placed a priority on giving Allen a contract extension that would lock him in with Buffalo for the near future while also giving a hefty bump to his rookie salary. While the talks are yet to begin, there is already speculation as to what kind of contract the team will likely offer for the Pro Bowler.
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Allen May Have Advantage in Talks
In a mailbag, Buffalo News writer Jay Skurski addressed whether it was likely that Allen would follow suit after several teammates restructured deals to take pay cuts. As ESPN noted, the league and NFL Players Association agreed to a 2021 salary cap of $182.5 million, an 8 percent decrease from last season. The Bills and other teams have had to do some extra work to stay within the lower cap, but Skurski said that Allen is not likely to take a lesser deal and predicted he would make somewhere in the neighborhood of $40 million annually.
It’s conceivable Allen will take some form of ‘hometown discount,’ although I don’t think he’ll have much trouble paying his mortgage either way. The difference between Allen and the players who reworked their contracts is an important one – Allen’s not getting cut. Any player approached about a pay cut has a decision to make: Say no, and risk being let go on the spot. When considering that, it’s not a bad idea to maybe take a bit less, but get more in guaranteed money.
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The Bills have already done work this offseason to give Allen help while creating some breathing room around the cap. Offensive lineman Mitch Morse was among the Bills players to take restructured deals, with the center taking close to $2 million less to remain with the team.
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