The Buffalo Bills used the No. 9 overall pick in the 2019 draft on defensive tackle Ed Oliver.
But, the former two-time University of Houston All-American has mostly fallen short of expectations over the course of his first four years in the NFL.
Oliver didn’t have the breakout season he’d hoped for in 2022, but the Bills still decided to pick up his fifth-year option last April. The decision to exercise the option guarantees the 25-year-old a salary of $10.7 million in 2023.
But there has been speculation that Oliver is not happy with his current contract situation.
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In early March, Oliver hinted that his contract negotiations were not going in the direction he wanted, saying, «Show me the money or Ion Wanna Talk!!!» in an Instagram story post that he deleted a short time later.
If Oliver and the Bills don’t come to a contract extension after the 2023 season, the defenseman will likely go elsewhere.
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If the Bills don’t want Oliver to leave, they could trade him. Oliver has yet to be named to a Pro Bowl and his career-high for sacks in a season occurred during his rookie year.
Since 2019 he has failed to record more than five sacks in a single season.
On Wednesday, Oliver took to social media once again, sharing multiple cryptic messages.
In the first post, Oliver posted a photo of him tackling Detroit Lions quarterback Jared Goff, with lyrics from hip hop artist Future’s song «Love you Better» attached to the post.
The lyrics «You’re telling me you’re falling for me. I hope you can find someone who loves you better than me,» could be heard in Oliver’s post, hinting that he wasn’t happy in Buffalo.
He went on to post a photo of him accosting Aaron Rodgers. Lastly, she posted a video of him sacking Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins in an overtime game.
A high ankle sprain limited Oliver to 13 appearances in 2022. He finished the year with 34 tackles, 2.5 sacks and 14 quarterback hits.
His Pro Football Focus rating dropped to 68.5 last season, down from the 70.9 rating he earned in 2021.
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The Bills recruited Oliver to be a key part of the rebuild, but it’s unclear now if he’s still part of the team’s plans going forward.