Bills news: Buffalo signs safety Micah Hyde to contract extension

The Buffalo Bills will be keeping Micah Hyde a little while longer. 

The Buffalo Bills defense under Sean McDermott has always been one to talk about. Last season, the team struggled to generate a pass rush and took a little tumble in coverage.

Overall, it wasn’t a big deal thanks to the emergence of third-year quarterback Josh Allen. The Bills not only won the AFC East, but they also won their first playoff game in over 20 years. Part of that was due to the secondary.

Now, one pivotal player will remain in Orchard Park a little longer.

As reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bills are giving safety Micah Hyde a two-year extension. Hyde’s new deal will keep him around until 2023 and will grant him an extra $19.25 million over the next two years.

The Bills defense remains intact thanks to Micah Hyde’s extension

Hyde finished the 2020 season with 70 tackles, third-most in his eight-year career with both the Bills and Packers. He had one interception and five pass deflections.

More than anything, Hyde is a voice in the defense. Since his early days with the Packers, his vocal presence on the field has been just as strong as the overall production. Meanwhile, the tandem between he and Jordan Poyer is incredibly underrated.

Poyer signed a two-year extension before the start of the 2020 season and is under contract through the 2022 season, meaning the Bills will have the tandem leading the way over the next couple seasons. Buffalo also has star cornerback Tre’Davious White, which doesn’t hurt matters.

Buffalo is expected to add either another cornerback this offseason via the draft or free agency.

The Bills are looking like a longstanding contender in the AFC thanks to balance on both sides of the ball.

Thanks to the extension, Buffalo will keep a standout player on their side a tad longer.