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Bills exercise 5th-year options on Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds

5/3/2021 3:49:12 PM
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The Buffalo Bills have exercised the 5th-year contract option on 24-year old quarterback Josh Allen and 23-year-old middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, Matt Parrino of New York Upstate reports.

Allen is now on the books in 2022 for $23.016 million, the highest cap hit of any player from the 2018 draft class (Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson is also set to make $23.016 million in 2022). Edmunds’ cap hit in 2022 will be $12.791 million.

Edmunds finished second on the Bills in total tackles last season with 117 in 15 games. He dealt with a shoulder injury during the first half of the year but only missed one game.

Bills general manager Brandon Beane spoke about the looming decisions on Allen and Edmunds before the NFL Draft. With the salary cap figure for next season and beyond still unknown, Beane admitted the figures each player comes with in their 5th year limit flexibility with the cap.

“You can’t really be flexible with those cap numbers, so we got to make sure if we pick them both up that we’re going to have close to 35 million space in next year’s cap,” he said. “It’s not an ideal scenario from that to pick them both up and not extend them, so we just got to figure out how to make that work in our system.”

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