Contract News: Taylor Rapp Joins Bills with $14.5M Deal After Jordan Poyer’s Departure


On Wednesday, the Buffalo Bills opted to release longtime safety Jordan Poyer as a cost-saving measure, while retaining Taylor Rapp.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bills and Rapp reached an agreement on a three-year contract worth up to $14.5 million. 

This decision maintains a sense of continuity within the defensive backs unit, which experienced notable departures with the releases of Poyer and cornerback Tre’davious White.

Rapp, aged 26, served primarily as a backup behind Poyer and Micah Hyde during the 2023 season. 

Across 16 games, four of which he started, he tallied 50 tackles, an interception, two passes defensed, and a fumble recovery.

Having spent his initial four NFL seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, Rapp accumulated nine interceptions in 48 starts. 

He is expected to vie for a starting role in a secondary that will undergo significant changes next season. 

Despite this, the returning trio of Rasul Douglas, Christian Benford, and Kaiir Elam at cornerback performed well last season, even as White endured another season hampered by injury.

Rapp Replaces Poyer, Bills Seek Hyde Stand-In

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 17: Taylor Rapp #20 of the Buffalo Bills jogs off the field prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Highmark Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York. The Bills won 31-10.

Rapp will assume the role previously held by Poyer, necessitating the Buffalo Bills to seek an alternative for Hyde’s position. 

With limited cap space available for significant free-agent signings, the Bills intend to address the vacant position through economical acquisitions or via the draft.

In order to meet salary cap requirements by the following week, the Bills initiated a significant roster overhaul, parting ways with Poyer, White, center Mitch Morse, defensive back Siran Neal, wide receiver Deonte Harty, and running back Nyheim Hines.

Continuing their restructuring efforts, the team renegotiated Von Miller’s contract, while also securing Mitchell Trubisky as a backup quarterback, as reported by Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.

Further adjustments are anticipated, as the team faces the potential departures of players such as wide receiver Gabe Davis, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, and defensive ends Leonard Floyd and A.J. Epenesa.

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