Bills, Josh Allen reach 6-year extension

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Buffalo Bills and quarterback Josh Allen have reached a contract extension.

The team confirmed the deal is for six years, which would keep the franchise QB in Buffalo through at least 2028.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports the deal is for $258 million, including $150 million guaranteed. That’s an average of $43 million a year.

"I know that they didn’t pay me for what I’ve done," Allen said. "They did this because they expect me to continue what I’m doing and expect me to go and win this team some championships. We’ve got a lot of work to do, I know that, and I’m just excited to put his behind me and start focusing on football now."

Allen, who just turned 25 at the end of May, broke several Bills single-season records in just about every passing category in his third NFL season in 2020, including touchdown passes, completion percentage, passing yards and total touchdowns. He’s helped lead the team to the playoffs the last two seasons, including the AFC Championship Game last year.

He also finished last season as runner-up for League MVP.

Allen said Buffalo is a good match for him.

"It was just a match that was made to work, you know, me being in this great city here in Buffalo and then trying to embody what the city is, and its ‘blue-collar, hardworking, don’t complain, figure it out’ mentality," Allen said. "And I’ve always had this goal in life to play this game for as long as I can and it’s a blessing and I’m still trying to find words to really tell you how I feel."

Allen’s contract makes him the first quarterback from the 2018 draft class to sign a long-term contract.