Renewing the Bills vs. Dolphins rivalry: Jordan Poyer’s thoughts on Josh Allen, Tua Tagovailoa

May 25, 2024

In Buffalo for Micah Hyde’s annual charity softball game, Poyer showed his love for the city, the people, his now-former team and all of Bills Mafia

Former Buffalo Bills safety Jordan Poyer returned to Buffalo last week to support his on-field best friend, Micah Hyde, in an annual charity softball game. While he was there, he also had a chance to address the Buffalo faithful, Bills Mafia.

Poyer, who tested the free-agency market after the 2022 season but ultimately returned to Buffalo had made some fans skeptic of his loyalty. After the Bills released the 33-year-old All-Pro safety in a series of salary-cap-saving roster cuts this offseason, he signed with the division-rival Miami Dolphins — making some fans very upset.

Poyer, who was part of the drought-ending era Bills, said that he wasn’t sure how fans would react to his return to Western New York. However, those in attendance at Hyde’s annual softball game, were quick to applaud the former Bill and show their love for the safety duo.

Poyer addressed the fans, telling them that he loved every one of his seven years in Buffalo and that he’s happy to stay in the AFC East so that he can return to Orchard Park, NY once a year and continue to experience the Bills Mafia.

But Poyer didn’t stop there. He went on to tell Bills Mafia that they had “the best QB in the league.” Of course, the fans loved it — Bills fans that is. Dolphins fans — maybe not so much.

Poyer answered fins fans, telling him that he loves Dolphins’ quarterback Tua Tagovailoa as well. But that he will always love Allen, who joined the Bills just a year after the safety.

While Poyer is claiming to love his new quarterback, it’s more than fair to say that he has a much better relationship with Allen than Tagovailoa. Not only has the safety been there for Allen’s entire career, which would obviously give him more opportunities to know and bond with him, but Tagovailoa hasn’t been present for the majority of Miami’s workouts this offseason — Poyer’s first in Miami.

So, for Poyer — who Bills fans had undoubtedly hoped would finish his career in Western New York and play out the final season of his contract alongside Micah Hyde (who has yet to announce whether he will play one more season himself) — is it a case of “once a Bill, always a Bill”? It will be an interesting reunion for sure, when Poyer plays at Highmark Stadium on November 3.