The latest in a series of new contract posts, this time it’s Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen! Allen has signed a six-year extension that apparently doesn’t kick in until after he plays the final two years of his rookie contract, so Allen is now signed through 2028. The extension is worth $258 million, including $150 million guaranteed. More details are yet to come. It’s important not to fully pass judgment on new NFL contracts until we know the details of the guaranteed money and void years and other specifics.
If you’re a regular Football Outsiders reader, obviously you know the Allen story. A horrible prospect by statistical measures, Allen had a dismal rookie season, improved a little in his second season, and then skyrocketed to greatness in his third season, with a massive improvement in his passing accuracy. The question now is: how good will he be going forward. There’s a reasonable possibility that 2020 is the best season of Allen’s career. But there’s also a reasonable possibility that he’s going to be a very good quarterback for a long time, even if he’s not quite as good as he was a season ago.
The debate, of course, also includes what this Allen contract will now mean for the other quarterbacks from the class of 2018, namely Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson.