NFL Free Agency Primer: Jordan Poyer

The regular season has come to a close, and most teams have already begun the complicated process of preparing for the 2023 season. In the coming months, we'll be covering the impending free agents most capable of shifting the balance of power in the NFL.

The Player: Jordan Poyer

Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer has been a bit of a late bloomer in the NFL, but you can't argue with the results. The 11th-year pro earned his first All-Pro in 2021 and followed it up with a Pro Bowl season in 2022. He has nabbed nine interceptions and broken up 17 passes over his last 28 appearances for a defense that has finished first and second in points allowed the past two seasons. The advanced data speaks highly of him, too: he allowed a passer rating of 60.1 on throws in his direction in 2022.

The Fit:

At 6'0" and 191 lbs, Poyer is a modestly sized box safety with experience and leadership traits that would make him a solid veteran addition to a team searching for smarts and toughness. His success on the Bills should make a reunion the likeliest result, but he could also be an asset for any team that needs a winning identity in the secondary.

The Cost:

Poyer is 32 years old and new to stardom, so he probably won't approach a top-of-the-market deal. He has probably earned a pay bump from the two-year, $19.5 million he signed with the Bills in 2020, but his age is working against him. He may have to settle for a deal similar to the three-year, $30 million pact signed by Tennesse Titans safety Amani Hooker in 2022.

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