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Bills set hard deadline for Josh Allen contract extension

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The camp of Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills have until Week 1 of the 2021 NFL season to come to terms with an extension deal that would keep the quarterback with the team beyond, according to general manager Brandon Beane, per the Associated Press (h/t ESPN).

Bills general manager Brandon Beane told The Associated Press on Monday he is giving himself until the start of the regular season to negotiate a long-term extension with quarterback Josh Allen before putting off discussions until next year.

The Bills have made it to the playoffs in each of the last two years, thanks in large part to the play of Allen under center. Also, for the first time since 1995, the Bills were able to top the division in the regular season when they went 13-3 in 2020.

Buffalo has finally found a quarterback it could keep longterm, but where things are right now, Allen has the potential to leave the team before the start of the 2023 NFL season. The Bills have exercised their $23 million option on Allen for the 2022 season back in May, and it’s possible that the team is waiting on how much the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens would give Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson, respectively, when it comes to extending each of those quarterbacks. All three signal-callers were selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft and have their 2022 options picked up by their teams.