BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Bills have signed kicker Tyler Bass to a four-year extension that keeps him with the team through the 2027 season, the team announced Friday.
The deal is worth up to $21 million with $12.3 million guaranteed, sources confirmed to ESPN.
“I’m still going to grind,” Bass said during a conference call Friday. “It’s just a little bit relieving, you know, you have a little bit of security. But at the end of the day, you still got to work. That’s what got me here> That’s what I’m going to keep doing as best I can.”
Bass, 26, was going into the final year of his rookie deal with the Bills and would have hit free agency in 2024. The deal will make him the fourth-highest-paid kicker in average annual value, according to Roster Management.
A Georgia Southern product, Bass was drafted by Buffalo in the sixth round of the 2020 NFL draft. He has been the Bills’ kicker in every game since, making 85.6% of his career kicks and 97.5% of PATs.
In each of the past two seasons, Bass has made over 87% of his kicks. He has never missed more than two PATs in a season and made all 51 of his regular-season PATs in 2021. He ranked 12th among kickers with more than 10 attempts in accuracy in 2022 (87.1%).
Bass has shown the ability to kick consistently despite the tough conditions that the lake wind and lake-effect snow can bring to Highmark Stadium. He also has had success at the end of the season, with his highest field goal accuracy percentages coming in December (89.5%) and January (100%). In his career, Bass, the first member of the Bills’ 2020 draft class to be extended, has missed only four fourth-quarter or overtime kicks (24-of-28), including the postseason, and he has made all five of his potential game-tying or go-ahead kicks in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime. He is the first player in Bills history to score 120-plus points in three seasons.
The Bills will also have consistency at the holder position for Bass after re-signing punter Sam Martin to a three-year deal this offseason.
NFL Network first reported the terms of Bass’ extension.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.