All-Pro safety Jordan Poyer to attend the mandatory Buffalo Bills’ minicamp amid extension request

BUFFALO, NY — All-Pro safety Jordan Poyer will attend the Buffalo Bills’ mandatory minicamp this week after skipping the team’s voluntary OTA’s amidst a request for a contract extension, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Poyer, along with other veterans including fellow starting safety Micah Hyde, have been absent throughout the team’s voluntary portion of the offseason workouts, but will be with the team during the mandatory practices before breaking for the summer. The team has stayed in communication with Poyer’s agents, Drew Rosenhaus and Kyle Lincoln on the situation, a source told Schefter.

“I have not spoken directly to Jordan,” general manager Brandon Beane said last week. “I don’t have any indication that he won’t be here. So, hopefully we’ll get him back in here and be excited to see him.”

While Poyer will be in attendance, his level of participation may be less than normal. The 31-year-old safety is seeking an extension as he enters the final year of his contract. Poyer was named first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career last season. The captain finished the year on the league’s No. 1 pass defense with five interceptions, tied for the team’s most with Hyde, who is under contract through 2023.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazer said that he has stayed in touch with Poyer while he has been absent from OTAs.

“I think Jordan is in a good place mentally,” Frazier said. “He’s still staying 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 received more reps with Poyer and Hyde’s absences at practice.

The Bills have multiple players on the last year of their deals entering a pivotal 2022 season, including tight end Dawson Knox and linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.

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