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Bills' Jordan Poyer, entering final year of contract, switches agents to Drew Rosenhaus

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Buffalo Bills free safety Jordan Poyer (21) celebrates an interception with his teammates in the third quarter of the game at the New York Jets.

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Perhaps it's nothing. 

Or, perhaps it's something significant for the Buffalo Bills.

Safety Jordan Poyer, who is going into the final year of his contract, has switched agents. Poyer now employs Drew Rosenahus -- perhaps the NFL's most influential agent. 

Rosenhaus announced the move on Twitter.

Poyer, who quote-tweeted Rosenhaus' post with a handshake and fingers crossed, is scheduled to make a base salary of $5.6 million in 2022, along with bonuses and incentives potentially totaling more than $1.5 million. The Bills signed him to a two-year extension worth up $19.5 million with $8.5 million guaranteed at signing in March 2020. Poyer’s original free agent contract with the Bills, signed in 2017, was due to expire after the 2020 season. That deal was for four years and $13 million.

Rosenhaus has an extensive client list that includes new Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill, Amherst native Rob Gronkowski and former Bills running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver Terrell Owens, just to name a few. He's become something of a celebrity in his own right, which is rare for a player agent. The switch brings up some question as to what Rosenhaus -- and Poyer -- will want from the Bills, and when they'll want it.

Poyer was named a first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press this past season, the first time in his nine seasons that he was so honored. He was the first Bills safety to make the AP All-Pro first team since Henry Jones in 1992. He had 91 tackles and was the only player in the league to record five sacks and three interceptions. He also had eight tackles for loss.

The relationship between Poyer and the Bills has been mutually beneficial. Poyer was an under-the-radar free agent signing after a serious injury with the Cleveland Browns in the 2016 season, but has rejuvenated his career and become a key part of the Bills' top-ranked defense, along with fellow safety Micah Hyde. Together, they have formed the best safety duo in franchise history, and been a central part of a defense that finished the 2021 season ranked No. 1 in both yards and points allowed in the NFL. 

After signing quarterback Josh Allen, wide receiver Stefon Diggs and edge rusher Von Miller to huge contracts in the last year, there is a legitimate question as to just how many big-money deals the Bills will be able to fit under the salary cap. Poyer is entering his age-31 season, and despite his terrific production over the past five years, it remains to be seen if the Bills will want to commit long term to a player entering his 10th year.

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I started at The Buffalo News in 2009, and have previously been honored as one of the top 10 beat writers in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors for my coverage of the Bills. I live in Amherst with my wife, Melissa, and son, Elliott.

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