No one has to tell Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson how important special teams are. His team has one of the elite units in the NFL.
A big part of that is punter Brian Moorman, so Wilson wanted to make sure the two-time All-Pro remained in Buffalo for the rest of his career. Wilson may have accomplished that goal by signing Moorman to a three-year contract extension. The deal keeps him with the Bills through 2012. He is set to earn $10 million over the next six years, making him the highest paid punter in pro football.
"The contract extension of Brian Moorman is extremely important to our team," Wilson said through the Bills' media relations department. "Brian has been an unsung cornerstone of our team and is the epitome of what the NFL and our organization is looking for on the field and in our communities."
Moorman said he approached the Bills during last season about possibly extending his contract beyond the three years remaining on it. To Wilson, it was a no-brainer.
Moorman has been a force for the Bills, ranking among the best punters in the league for most of his first six years. He was second in the league with a 39.2-yard net average and with a team-record 33 punts inside the 20-yard line. His performance earned him All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors for the second straight year.
"I spoke with Brian a number of times regarding his contract extension, and I told him repeatedly how valuable he is to us," Wilson said. "He mentioned how excited he is to be a part of the Bills and part of a community that has accepted him the way Western New York has. There's no question that this contract extension is a win-win-win situation . . . a win for Brian, a win for the Bills and definitely a win for our fans."