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Ed Oliver and the Buffalo Bills agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract extension on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The deal reportedly includes $45 million in guaranteed money.
Buffalo selected Oliver with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, and he’s been solid early in his career. He did not miss a single game in any of his first three seasons.
However, he did not play this past season due to an ankle injury.
He tallied 41 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble in 2021 and followed that up with 34 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 2022.
That Oliver made an immediate impact in the NFL is not a surprise as he shined as a consensus All-American in Houston in 2017 and 2018. He also won the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and the Outland Trophy. as the nation’s best interior lineman during the 2017 campaign.
At his best, Oliver is someone who can eat double teams to open up quick lanes for his teammates. He also has the power to bulldoze his way into the backfield and even stuff runs up the middle or disrupt passing windows.
With this new deal, the Bills ensure that the defensive tackle will be in Buffalo for the foreseeable future.