Bills pick up fifth-year options for Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds

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Buffalo Bills first-round draft picks Josh Allen, left, and Tremaine Edmunds pose with their jerseys following an NFL football news conference Friday, April 27, 2018, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Check another thing off the do list for Bills general manager Brandon Beane this offseason as the Bills have picked up the fifth-year options for Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds.

Beane wanted to get through the draft before shifting the attention to other big decisions they needed to make and he did just that as they announced the decision before Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

“Nothing in the draft affected either one of these guys it’s just there’s no reason to do it before then. In our mind we just wanted to focus on the draft and now we’ll take care of that before the deadline Monday,” Beane said on his zoom call after the draft on Saturday.

The concern is the salary cap not being much higher next season than it is now.

Now that they have picked up both Allen and Edmunds’ fifth-year options, they need to allocate over $35 million in cap space in 2022. Picking up Allen’s option will cost now the Bills $23.016 million next season while Edmunds’ cap hit is $12.791.

“The hard part this year is gonna be the cap has gone down, don’t know exactly where it’s gonna be next year, probably not a huge increase you know Josh’s number is in the 20’s because of the Pro Bowl. Tremaine has made a couple Pro Bowls, he’s pushing 13 so you know you can’t really be flexible with those cap numbers so we’ve gotta make sure if we pick them both up that we’re gonna have close to $35 million space in next year’s cap,” Beane said the week before the draft on a zoom call with reporters.

Before picking up their fifth-year options, this would have been the final year of both Allen and Edmunds’ rookie deals but now they are under contract through 2022.

“It’s not an ideal scenario from that to pick them both up and not extend them so we just gotta kind of figure out how we can make that work in our system.”

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