The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that Jordan Poyer will be returning on a two-year contract. While they have not announced contract terms, and continue working through final details, this checks off what was possibly the biggest need on GM Brandon Beane’s to-do list for this offseason.
After being drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Poyer spent parts of four seasons with the Cleveland Browns. He then signed with the Buffalo Bills before the 2017 season and has started 91 games since that time, becoming a stalwart for the Bills’ defense which has been dominant over the past two seasons.
Poyer was named an All-Pro in 2021 and earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2022. Now 31 years old, Poyer was in an awkward spot entering free agency as one of the top defensive backs in the NFL, but with an extensive injury history, and at an age when a long-term deal could be a serious risk.
Faced with tough salary cap decisions and two huge free agents on defense, the Bills seemed destined to lose both Poyer and Tremaine Edmunds. However, Poyer’s market never seemed to develop and the Bills wasted little time in bringing him back when the opportunity arose. Poyer’s return has a huge impact on the defense, and the Bills in general as they went 12-0 in the regular season when Poyer was active in 2022.
Let’s take a look at three players who Poyer’s re-signing has a significant impact on in 2023.