Buffalo Bills should look to extend Micah Hyde with Jordan Poyer back

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The return of Jordan Poyer on a two-year deal last week is a huge win for the Buffalo Bills and their defense. The combination of Poyer and Micah Hyde has been the strength of this defense and the two have been one of the best safety duos in the NFL over the past six years.

However, the deal for Jordan Poyer shouldn’t be the only move at the position for general manager Brandon Beane. With Poyer now under contract through the 2024 season, the Bills should also look to extend Micah Hyde to make sure the second half of that duo is under contract through 2024.

Buffalo Bills could create cap space for this season with an extension for Micah Hyde

Hyde signed a two-year contract extension in 2021 worth $19.5 million that runs through the 2023 season. This upcoming season, the former Pro Bowl safety has a cap hit of $10.5 million along with three void years after the 2023 season, according to Spotrac.

Last week, Beane said he doesn’t want to get in the business of kicking the can down the road too much in terms of contracts. This forces teams to have to consistently restructure and could lead to a complete rebuild at some point.

However, Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde are going to be entering their seventh season playing together and it wouldn’t make much sense to keep Poyer for one season playing alongside a different safety. Then after that season whichever safety replaced Hyde would need to get familiar with a new safety with Poyer’s contract up.

A contract extension this offseason eliminates any question at a key position for two seasons and would create cap space this season to address other needs. This seems like a move that makes too much sense for all involved and should get done sooner rather than later.

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