NY Jets rival Josh Allen signed a six-year extension with the Buffalo Bills.
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New York Jets rival Josh Allen inks extension with Buffalo

To quote the late Heath Ledger’s Joker, “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.”

Josh Allen wasted no time climbing into the upper echelon of the league’s richest passers. ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported on Friday that Allen and the Buffalo Bills have agreed to a six-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through 2028.

According to Adam Schefter, the deal is reportedly worth $280 million with $150 million guaranteed — the most guaranteed money ever handed out in a single contract.

This massive deal comes following a season that saw Allen take an incredible leap forward. He was a legitimate MVP candidate as he threw for 4,544 yards and 37 touchdowns while tossing only 10 interceptions.

While an extension was certainly expected for Allen, it still hurts a little for the New York Jets to see a division rival lock down their elite quarterback of the future. This rings especially true since Allen came from the same draft class as the team’s most recent failure at quarterback, Sam Darnold.

The 2018 NFL draft quarterback class was absolutely loaded with talent. Five signal-callers were taken in the first round. Even so, most experts agreed that as talented as the group was, odds pointed toward at least one or two of them winding up a bust.

Ironically, the majority of observers seemed to identify Allen as the prospect with the greatest chance to become a bust. He entered the league as a wildly inaccurate passer. Lamar Jackson – who was famously asked whether he would consider a change to wide receiver – was also considered one of the lesser prospects of the first-round bunch.

As it turned out, Allen and Jackson have already showcased superstar potential while the quarterbacks to bust ended up being Darnold and Josh Rosen. The two California natives have already played for a combined six teams whereas Allen, Jackson, and top pick Baker Mayfield remain with their initial squads.

With Allen signing this massive extension, Jackson and Mayfield will be hoping to receive their own big paydays in the near future.

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Ian Roddy is a young Jets X-Factor writer who currently attends Loyola Marymount University. Email: iroddy@lion.lmu.edu

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