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BUFFALO, NY – All-Pro safety Jordan Poyer will attend Buffalo Bills’ mandatory minicamp this week after skipping the team’s volunteer OTAs amid a request for a contract extension, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Poyer, along with other veterans, including other starting safety colleagues Micah Hyde, has been absent during the entire team’s voluntary part of the off-season training, but will be with the team during the mandatory training sessions before the summer stalls. The team has been in communication with Poyer’s agents, Drew Rosenhaus and Kyle Lincoln, a source told Schefter.
“I have not spoken directly to Jordan,” general manager Brandon Beane said last week. “I have no indication that he will not be here. So hopefully we will get him in here again and look forward to seeing him.”
While Poyer will be present, his level of participation may be less than normal. He is seeking an extension as he enters the final year of his contract. Poyer, 31, was named a first-team All-Pro for the first time last season. The captain finished on the league’s No. 1 passing defense with five interceptions, just ahead of most on the team with Hyde, who are under contract until 2023.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said he has kept in touch with Poyer while absent from OTAs.
“I think Jordan is a good place mentally,” Frazier said. “He’s still in touch with his teammates and hopefully we’ll see him soon.”
Defensive backs Jaquan Johnson and Damar Hamlin, along with Nick McCloud and Josh Thomas, have been given several reps with Poyers and Hyde’s absence for training.
The Bills have several players in the final year of their contracts entering a crucial 2022 season, including tight-end Dawson Knox and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.