The Buffalo Bills might be out of the DeAndre Hopkins Sweepstakes due to cap issues, but the team took care of one of its own this weekend. On Saturday, ESPN NFL guru Adam Schefter reported big news: The Bills and former Top 10 pick Ed Oliver agreed to terms on a new contract extension.
“Former ninth overall pick DT Ed Oliver and the Buffalo Bills reached agreement on a four-year, $68 million extension, including $45 million guaranteed,” Schefter reported. Oliver, drafted in 2019, had one year left on his deal prior to his new extension.
Former ninth overall pick DT Ed Oliver and the Buffalo Bills reached agreement on a four-year, $68 million extension, including $45 million guaranteed, per source. Oliver had one year left on deal and is now tied to Buffalo for next five seasons.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 3, 2023
According to Spotrac, Oliver just became the fifth-highest-paid defensive tackle in the NFL based on guaranteed money at signing. Super Bowl Champion and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald collected over $46 million guaranteed, for context. Da’Ron Payne of Washington, who the Commanders recently extended, leads all defensive tackles with over $55 million guaranteed. With his new extension, Oliver jumps to fifth, and stands ahead of Chris Jones, DeForest Buckner, and Grady Jarrett, among others.
Ed Oliver has recorded 14.5 sacks and 151 total tackles in his four seasons in the NFL. The Bills drafted him in ninth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft after he had a celebrated career at the University of Houston. Oliver has thus far played well on a strong defense that will only be enhanced again when Von Miller returns to the lineup healthy this season.
In all, a win for the Bills and Ed Oliver, as the Bills maintain a crucial Top 10 pick from this prospering era of Bills football. Meanwhile, Oliver gets to stay around and continue to be a piece on one of the AFC’s best defenses.