The waiting game is over for the Buffalo Bills and Josh Allen. Just a day before training camp, Allen signed his rookie deal and is now officially a member of the team. He signed a four-year deal, giving him around $21 million. This news comes after #1 overall draft pick Baker Mayfield inked his new rookie deal with the Cleveland Browns.
Josh Allen is officially a Buffalo Bill! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/PzrdNYCw1H
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) July 25, 2018
The Bills traded up from #12 to #7 in the 2018 NFL draft with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to select Allen as the potential “second coming” of Jim Kelly. He was the third quarterback taken off the board, behind Mayfield and Sam Darnold.
Being named as one of the biggest boom or bust prospects in this years’ class, the plan for Allen is about patience. If he is the supposed future for this organization, there is no reason throw him to into the woods just yet. He will enter training camp as the third quarterback on the depth chart.
Having the strongest arm in the draft is a definite plus for the Bills. The team has not had a pass-first quarterback in three years. His size is perfect for the NFL, but his accuracy is his biggest red flag that can scare NFL fans. He completed only 56% of this throws in college, but let’s not forget, Jim Kelly only completed 56% of his throws at the University of Miami. The pros is a faster game with very little time to think and Kelly was able to adjust to that. Bills fans are hoping that Allen can do the exact same thing.
Now that the big man has signed his contract, it is time for Buffalo Bills football. Training camp begins tomorrow and the battles will begin. In a short matter of time, the first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers will take place then before you know it, the Bills will be taking the field against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1.