Buffalo Bills reportedly make Tyler Bass one of top paid kickers in NFL
When discussing players that could be in line for contract extensions for the Buffalo Bills, the players commonly mentioned are Ed Oliver and Gabe Davis. Both players are entering the final year of their deal but another player, who has been equally as important to their success, was also entering the final year of his deal.
However, the Buffalo Bills made sure Tyler Bass was not going anywhere. According to Peter Schreger, the two sides agreed to a four-year contract extension worth up to $21 million with $12.3 million guaranteed.
The average salary of $5.25 million makes him the fourth-highest paid kicker in the NFL behind only Justin Tucker, Matt Gay, and Jason Myers, according to Spotrac.
Tyler Bass has been a steady presence on special teams for the Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills drafted Tyler Bass in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft and he would enter training camp in a position battle with Stephen Hauschka. It was not a typical training camp battle as there were no preseason games due to the pandemic but the rookie would still beat out the veteran and be named the starter.
In three seasons, Bass would make 83 out of 97 field goal attempts and a field goal percentage of 85.6% but has been above 87% the past two seasons. He also has been almost automatic on extra point attempts by making 156 out of 160 in his career.
During his time in Buffalo, he has put himself in the team’s record book. He has tied the franchise record for most field goals in a game with six and accomplished it twice, once as a rookie against the New York Jets and then again this past season in Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns. Tyler Bass has one of the strongest legs in the league and is one of the reasons he has been successful in Buffalo, which is not an easy place to kick.
While it was a significant contract, the Buffalo Bills have now ensured they have their starting kicker and punter under contract for the next three seasons after agreeing to a three-year deal with Sam Martin.