And while longterm security would certainly benefit the 25-year-old QB, Allen doesn’t seem too concerned about a deal getting done.
“It’s honestly the least of my worries whether it gets done or not,” Allen said at a training camp press conference on Wednesday, per The Buffalo News. “We’re here to win a Super Bowl. I can’t focus on those things and feel like I can come out here and feel like I can be the best possible teammate, quarterback I can be. My focus is completely on the field.”
With Allen coming off a 4,544-yard, 37-touchdown season in 2020, the Bills are not doubt itching to lock in their franchise quarterback. But, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane elected to keep things low key when speaking to reporters on Wednesday.
“[Allen] and I have had great conversations since we’ve been back here. He’s focused out here,” Beane said. “If something were to get done we’d be excited but if not we both know that we’ll work hard next year to get it done.
“If something happens, that’s great,” he reiterated. “If it doesn’t, we’ll focus on the season, and we’ll pick it up next year.”
Based on these comments from both Allen and Beane, it appears a longterm deal is coming sometime in the near future. The Bills picked up the Pro-Bowl quarterback’s fifth-year option earlier this spring in order to give themselves some extra time to work through extension negotiations.
Allen is currently slated to make $6.9 million through 2021 and just over $23 million in 2022.