Jon Feliciano is known for having an average streak on the court, but when it comes to his personality off the court, the veteran offensive lineman likes to have a good time. So when it came to signing his three-year extension with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, he had to have a little fun with his franchise quarterback.
A day after signing a 3-year, $17 million extension with the Bills, the former Miami Hurricane meets the media at a conference video call while enjoying sunny South Florida weather and a good drink.
During the interview, Feliciano said that because of the culture at Buffalo, the players that are there, and everything they’ve built over the past few years, he wanted to come back. So when he was close to finally signing his deal and reaching a deal with general manager Brandon Beane, Felicano called quarterback Josh Allen.
“I just smiled at him and then hung up,” Feliciano said. “Then he called me back and I ignored him. I was just joking with him a bit. But, he was super excited, he was pretty happy.
Over the past three years, Feliciano has developed a fairly close relationship with Allen and the rest of the Buffalo Bills. But, when other guys like Matt Milano and Daryl Williams signed their contracts before Feliciano, he said he was a little nervous.
“It definitely wasn’t fun free agency,” Feliciano said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen, but luckily we got triple B there, Big Baller Beane, knowing what to do. So, thank goodness for Beane, huh? »
Felicano was the third of three big free agents the Bills were able to bring back before Monday and his signing solidifies Buffalo’s offensive line going forward.
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Feliciano took less money to stay with the bills
Like some players have done before, Felicano admitted he took less money to stay in Buffalo and have the opportunity to make another run at a Super Bowl.
Center Mitch Morse, defensive tackle Vernon Butler and defensive end Mario Addison all took pay cuts last week and restructured their contracts to stay in Buffalo. Feliciano was just another and said it had a lot to do with the situation in Buffalo.
“I probably took a little less (than he could have gotten on the open market),” Feliciano said. “But, the money is not much. I could have done a few more here and there elsewhere, but would I have had the same structure if I had left? Probably not. Having (Sean) McDermott by my side and also a clumsy youngster (Allen) behind me is pretty good.
Last year, after missing the first seven games of the season, Feliciano returned and immediately brought new energy to the offensive line. In his first game back, the Bills had their most carries of the year with 190 yards against the New England Patriots in Week 8.
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Feliciano didn’t want to go anywhere
If there was anything Feliciano could do about it, he knew he didn’t want to go to Buffalo and as soon as the offseason started he knew he wanted to stay. He made an appearance on Tim Graham and Friends with Athleticism Tim Graham and Matthew Fairburn and said he couldn’t see himself leaving Buffalo.
Although it’s a nerve-wracking process, Feliciano reiterated that fact on Monday.
“To be honest, I didn’t want to go anywhere,” Feliciano said. “I love the city of Buffalo and this guy behind me is kind of my guy, so it was a pretty easy decision.”