Feb 8, 2024; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen on the Pac McAfee show on radio row at the Super Bowl 58 media center at the Mandalay Bay resort and casino. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen celebrates 28th birthday with WR intros

Bills quarterback Josh Allen celebrated his 28th birthday on Tuesday by slinging passes to supporting cast members and introducing himself to new wide receivers.

Buffalo enters the seventh season with Allen under center with a number of changes in the program, specifically the wide receiver depth chart. Gabe Davis left in free agency and Stefon Diggs was traded to the Houston Texans.

Allen has passed for 22,703 yards with 167 touchdowns in his career while embracing becoming the face of the franchise. When the Bills flipped a considerable portion of the roster in the offseason — in part due to Allen’s market-aligned pay consuming 22.4 percent of the salary cap — head coach Sean McDermott challenged Allen to dig further into a leadership role.

“Tremendously impressed, proud,” McDermott said of Allen’s growth. “The type of person he is. The type of character he possesses. The things that he is — like most franchise quarterbacks probably — has to do, beyond the field. And how he handles those things, to me, that’s what I’m most proud of.”

Signed as a free agent after winning two Super Bowls with the Chiefs, Marquez Valdes-Scantling is still getting to know Allen. But his initial takeaway had nothing to do with Allen’s rocket launcher for a throwing arm.

“Josh is normal,” Valdes-Scantling said. “One of the best quarterbacks in the league might have an ego. But the best thing is, Josh is a normal dude.”

The Bills also added Keon Coleman with the No. 33 pick in the draft, giving Allen a pair of 6-foot-4 targets to help ease the loss of the reliable Diggs. Allen said he can sense Coleman has plenty of tools to work with before he ever takes the field.

“He can move and he can jump,” Allen said.

Allen said the 29-year-old Valdes-Scantling and fellow veteran newcomer Curtis Samuel are very good leaders in the wide receiver room and Coleman has shown the willingness to study and learn.

“It’s a fun process to get to know some of these guys on and off the field. Get to know their body language, where and how to throw the football. That’s the fun part,” Allen said.

–Field Level Media

Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates with teammates after setting the Jaguars single season record for sacks during second quarter action. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Carolina Panthers at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, December 31, 2023. The Jaguars went in at the half with a 9 to 0 lead.

Reports: Jaguars, pass rusher Josh Allen agree to $150M deal

Jacksonville Jaguars Pro Bowl pass rusher Josh Allen agreed to a five-year, $150 million contract, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

The Jaguars put the franchise tag on the 26-year-old Allen in March, blocking him from free agency as head coach Doug Pederson said the two sides were fully committed to working together on a long-term agreement. Allen has played only with the Jaguars since he was selected seventh overall in 2019.

Allen set a franchise record with 17.5 sacks in 2023 and his 45 career sacks are just 10 away from the team record (55, Tony Brackens). He was selected to the Pro Bowl twice in his first five seasons.

Under the terms of the franchise tag, Allen was guaranteed $24 million in 2024. Instead, he’ll reportedly received $88 million guaranteed.

The next order of business for the Jaguars could be the contract of quarterback Trevor Lawrence. The No. 1 pick in 2021 is in the final season of his four-year, $36.8 million deal with a fifth-year option, a virtual guarantee to be picked up by the Jaguars, for 2025.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, the No. 1 pick in 2020, signed a five-year, $275 million extension before Week 1 of the 2023 season not long after the Los Angeles Chargers signed quarterback Justin Herbert, selected No. 6 overall in 2020, to a five-year deal worth a reported $262.5 million.

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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Josh Allen (41) celebrates with teammates after setting the Jaguars single season record for sacks during second quarter action. The Jacksonville Jaguars hosted the Carolina Panthers at EverBank Stadium in Jacksonville, FL Sunday, December 31, 2023. The Jaguars went in at the half with a 9 to 0 lead.

Jaguars apply franchise tag, retain pass rusher Josh Allen

The Jaguars placed the franchise tag on pass rusher Josh Allen, who would make $24 million next season unless he works out on a long-term contract with Jacksonville before the NFL deadline on July 17.

Allen, the No. 7 overall selection in 2019, played the 2023 season on his fifth-year option and posted career highs with 17.5 sacks and 33 quarterback hits in 17 games.

The 26-year-old was voted to his second Pro Bowl and head coach Doug Pederson and general manager Trent Baalke let him know before the end of last season they were committed to keeping him in Jacksonville.

“Yeah, Josh will be a Jaguar,” Baalke said in January. “I know Josh wants to be here, and I know we want him here. Can we come to a number that works for everybody? That’s the key.”

Two edge rushers — Panthers outside linebacker Brian Burns is the other — were tagged on Tuesday.

A long-term deal didn’t happen despite a meeting with Allen’s representatives in Indianapolis last week.

Only five “edge rushers,” comprised of defensive ends and pass-rushing outside linebackers, are scheduled to make more than Allen’s franchise tender in 2024.

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa is the highest-paid player at the position group next season with an annual average salary of $34 million on a $170 million contract that raised the bar significantly last summer.

Montez Sweat, acquired by the Bears in October, is scheduled to make $24.5 million per year on a new $98 million agreement with Chicago. Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns ($25 million), Joey Bosa of the Los Angeles Chargers ($27 million) and Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt ($28 million) are the only other players in the same range.

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Dec 31, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) throws a pass in the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen (shoulder) exits game vs. Patriots

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen exited Sunday’s 27-21 victory over the New England Patriots in the final minutes due to an apparent shoulder injury.

On the first play following the two-minute warning, Allen faked a handoff and rushed to his right, getting hit by Jalen Mills and Kyle Dugger. Mills made contact with Allen’s left shoulder, which Allen then landed on.

Kyle Allen then took over under center to take the final two snaps of the game, both of which were quarterback kneels.

Josh Allen completed just 15 of 30 passes for 169 yards and an interception, but he rushed for two 1-yard touchdowns to lift Buffalo to its fourth consecutive victory. The Bills improved to 10-6 on the season and can clinch a postseason berth as early as this week if the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals lose later Sunday.

In 16 games this season, Josh Allen has thrown for 3,947 yards and 27 TDs with 16 interceptions. He has also found the end zone 15 times on the ground while rushing for 457 yards.

Buffalo will face the Miami Dolphins (11-5) in Week 18. The winner takes home the AFC East title.

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Oct 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) hugs Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) after a game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes on exchange with Josh Allen: ‘We’re all good’

Patrick Mahomes said Wednesday that he has reached out to Buffalo quarterback Josh Allen to discuss his comments following the Kansas City Chiefs’ 20-17 loss to the Bills this past weekend.

“I talk to Josh a lot. We’re all good,” the Chiefs quarterback said. “But I’ll keep those conversations to ourselves.”

Mahomes admittedly was hot under the collar after Kansas City wide receiver Kadarius Toney’s apparent go-ahead touchdown with 1:12 remaining in Sunday’s game was negated by an offside call.

Mahomes vented his frustration at the officials and was captured on camera telling Allen: “Wildest (expletive) call I’ve ever seen. Offensive offsides on that play, man. (Expletive) terrible.”

Allen confirmed on Wednesday that Mahomes reached out to him after the exchange.

“It’s football. It’s a game of emotion,” Allen said. “I know he didn’t mean anything by it, and I know the cameras caught the last few seconds of what we were talking about. He’s an ultimate competitor, and he wants to win. That’s why he is who he is.”

Mahomes changed his tune on Monday, telling 610 Sports Radio that his actions were “not a great example for kids watching the game.”

Mahomes also was asked Wednesday if he’s checked in with Toney and the other wide receivers.

“All the receivers know I believe in them,” Mahomes said. “That’s just kind of how I roll. If you’re in this locker room and I see how hard you work, I’m going to trust in you in big moments, and I’m going to give you chances to go out there and make plays. From everything I know, their mindset seems like it’s in a good spot and they just want to go out there and continue to get better and better. I can see that by how hard they’re working.”

Mahomes then shared a specific message for Toney.

“Just be you man. … You make one mistake, that’s not gonna define you. It’s gonna be how you respond to that mistake,” Mahomes said.

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Oct 26, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) runs the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first quarter at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen (shoulder) practices Thursday

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen was a full participant in practice Thursday, a day after he missed practice because of a right shoulder injury he sustained last week.

That’s good news for the Bills (5-3), who are set to play at Cincinnati on Sunday in a clash of two of the AFC’s elite teams. The Bengals are 4-3 after a 1-2 start.

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Wednesday that Allen was injured in Buffalo’s Oct. 26 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Allen finished the game and had 324 passing yards, 41 rushing yards and three total touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing).

Allen, 27, has 22 total touchdowns in 2023. He has thrown for 2,165 yards with 17 TD passes. He’s run for 189 yards and five scores.

Meanwhile, the fall chill has arrived in Buffalo, where the high temperature on Thursday was expected to be a windy 46 with a low of 34. While Allen played his college football at Wyoming and is accustomed to the cold, he is going to have teach his new teammate, Leonard Fournette, how to survive the plunging temperatures.

The running back, officially signed to the practice squad on Tuesday, is a Louisiana native who has only played for Florida-based teams during his six NFL seasons.

“No lie Buffalo colder than a penguin ass out here lord,” he posted to social media Wednesday.

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Oct 15, 2023; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) warms up prior to the game against the New York Giants at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Bills QB Josh Allen (shoulder) practices; RB Damien Harris, DE Ed Oliver sit

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen’s sore throwing shoulder didn’t keep him from being a full participant at practice Thursday, while running back Damien Harris and defensive end Ed Oliver missed their second straight session because of injuries.

“I think (Allen is) in a good spot,” coach Sean McDermott said before Thursday’s practice. “I think he mentioned that (Wednesday) a little bit, and we’ll get a better chance full practice today to evaluate that.”

Allen had said after limited participation Wednesday that he had no concern over the right shoulder and would be ready to play Sunday when the Bills (4-2) visit the New England Patriots (1-5).

“I would put it in the pain management (category),” Allen said Wednesday. “But, you know, it’s feeling pretty good.”

The 25-year-old Oliver (toe) has started all six games and has 24 tackles, including four sacks and nine tackles for loss, as well as one forced fumble.

Harris has a neck sprain and is in the league’s concussion protocol. He was taken off the field in an ambulance after getting injured late in the second quarter of the Bills’ 14-9 home win over the New York Giants in Orchard Park, N.Y.

Harris, 26, is in his first season with the Bills after four with the Patriots. He was hurt on his first carry of the game Sunday night. He has 23 carries for 94 yards and one touchdown this season.

Tight end Quintin Morris (ankle) did not practice for the second straight day. Cornerback Kaiir Elam (ankle) and defensive back Cam Lewis (shoulder) were limited participants.

Defensive end Greg Rousseau (foot) and cornerback Dane Jackson (foot) also went from limited on Wednesday to full on Thursday.

Allen briefly visited the medical tent late in the first half of Sunday night’s 14-9 win against the New York Giants, missing two plays. He completed 19 of 30 passes for 169 yards with two touchdowns and one interception against the Giants.

Allen, 27, is completing a league-high 71.7 percent of his passes for 1,576 yards, 13 TDs and six interceptions through six starts for the Bills. He has also rushed for 131 yards and three scores.

–Field Level Media