The QB broke up in 2020 while he was playing on his recruiting contract. The Bills still have him under this agreement in 2021, then for the following season Buffalo can activate the fifth year option.
Beyond that, he is a free agent. In other words, if the Bills do not address his contract and it could happen as early as this off-season.
Among the many nuggets Beane dropped when he appeared as a guest on the Cris Collinsworth podcast, one was about Allen’s contract. The general manager said he wasn’t thinking about it at the moment. He has other things on his to-do list first.
“Josh is a guy we believe in and we’ll definitely take a look at him later this off-season,” said Beane. “Right now, we’re going to focus on our future free agents, as well as anyone else we want to add, and then on the draft. Usually what I’ve done here is look at the guys to extend once we finish the draft, see what our money looks like, see how we could structure it to fit not only this year, but the years beyond. “
Beane also essentially ensured that the bills provide for the use of this fifth-year option. The ultimate goal would be to keep Allen locked in for the long term, but the current difficulties with the wage cap may have to become clearer first, Beane said.
“Let’s say in May, does it look like we’re going to have 75% in the booths, 100% in the booths? And just try to see if we can predict what next year’s cap will be based on a new TV deal, with fans in the stands, just to see how we would structure his deal if we were to do something this year,” said Beane . “But we have the option of year five if we can’t make it work or if we don’t have good clarity on the ceiling.”
The salary cap situation is due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Fans didn’t attend last season’s games because of that, which resulted in a drop in NFL revenues … and that will also result in a drop in the wage cap in 2021. The latest reports indicate that it could be in the range of $180 million to $185 million. In 2020, the cap was $198.2 million.
Then, of course, it leaves question for 2021 and beyond. If Allen signs an extension, what does the ceiling look like in the following seasons? Do they go up? Beane will want to have a good idea of these things before locking Allen up, but it is assumed by many that the QB will eventually come to an agreement.
Heck, Allen even exclaimed last season during donations on behalf of his grandmother that he “never wants to leave” Buffalo… we may have to wait a little while for Allen to sign on the dotted line, which is understandable.