Poyer, who turns 29 next month, spent his last three seasons in Buffalo and started 47 of a possible 48 regular-season games. He recorded 107 combined tackles and two interceptions as part of a dominant Bills defense last season.
The four-year, $13 million contract Poyer signed before the 2017 season turned out to be one of football's biggest bargains. A 2013 seventh-round pick, Poyer began his career with the Philadelphia Eagles before being released after three games and latching on with the Cleveland Browns, where he went from seldom-used special teamer to a starter for six games in 2016.
Pro Football Focus graded Poyer as one of the best safeties during the 2017 campaign, and he has remained a solid starter in the two subsequent years. His run-stopping ability helps accentuate the brilliance of coverage elsewhere in the secondary and is one of the reasons the Bills ranked at or near the top in every defensive metric in 2019.
"Good feet and playing with courage, that's Jordan Poyer for sure. He's a tough dude," defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said last month, per Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. "He's not real big [6'0", 191 lbs]. But it's what's behind that chest cavity and between the ears that allows him to play bigger than his size and so well for us. He has a tremendous amount of courage, and he’s been blessed with athletic ability that he knows how to use."
Extending Poyer on merit allows the Bills to lock up one of their most important players at a price that may be a little below-market for what he could have gotten if he hit free agency next offseason.