By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist

Jordan Poyer – Signed by the Bills in 2017

Sometimes players just wind up linked together. Kelly and Reed. Smerlas and Haslett. Luce and Ramsay. Add Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde to the list.

Poyer took the long way to status as a very good NFL safety. He was a seventh-round draft choice by Philadelphia in 2013, but was but was on his way to Cleveland by the end of that season. Poyer received his first start in 2015, and was picked as the No. 1 safety the following year. He suffered multiple injuries after an illegal hit in a game with Tennessee, and missed several weeks of the season.

The Bills thought he’d be ready to bounce back in 2017, and signed him as a free agent to four-year, $13 million deal. Poyer slid right into the free safety spot next to Hyde, and the two have been good together ever since. Poyer received a reward for his work when he received a two-year extension this winter worth $20 million. That means the safety combination could be together through 2022, which would be just fine with Bills’ fans.

Let’s watch him in action:

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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has been involved in almost every aspect of the local sports scene for the last 40 years. He worked for WEBR Radio, the Buffalo Sabres' public relations department and The Buffalo News during that time. In that time he covered virtually every aspect of the area's sports world, from high schools to the Bills and Sabres and everything in between. Along the way, Budd served as a play-by-play announcer for the Bisons, an analyst for the Stallions, and a talk-show host. He won the National Lacrosse League's Tom Borrelli Award as the media personality of the year in 2011, and was a finalist for that same award in 2017. Budd's seventh and eighth books, one on the Transcontinental Railroad and the other about Ichiro Suzuki, are scheduled to be released in the fall.

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