An integral piece to Buffalo's vaunted defensive backfield is here to stay.
The Buffalo Bills and safety Micah Hyde have agreed upon a two-year contract extension through 2023. This ensures one of the NFL's top safety tandems – Hyde and Jordan Poyer – will be under contract for the foreseeable future.
"I'm just super thankful and blessed to be to be in this position," Hyde shared with media on Friday afternoon. "Buffalo has been amazing the past four years from the fans to the community, I wouldn't want to change anything about our team. I've been saying this for a while, but we're headed in the right direction. We've been winning a lot of games lately and we want to take it to the next level.
"I can't put into words how happy I am, not just for football's sake but my family and wife, we have a ton of family close to Buffalo. I'm thankful that we were able to get something done and for [Brandon] Beane, Sean [McDermott] and [Leslie] Frazier to trust me enough to give me some extended years. It's a blessing."
Hyde is coming off of a strong season where he totaled 70 tackles, one interception and five passes defensed in 2020.
The eight-year veteran arrived in Buffalo with Bills head coach Sean McDermott in 2017 and earned Pro Bowl honors and was named a second-team All-Pro in his first season with Buffalo. Hyde has been a part of 38 regular season Bills wins with the most recent season producing an AFC East title.
The safety said he's ready to finish what the 2017 group started.
"We're going to continue to work, we're going to continue to try to get better," Hyde explained. "And that's kind of been my mentality this whole time too is do whatever I can to help this football team win ballgames. It's a rewarding feeling knowing that they see me as a key piece in doing that.
"I just want to finish what was started in Buffalo. We, I say we as in the guys that came in 2017, Sean [McDermott], Tre'Davious [White], Po (Jordan Poyer), myself, D. Dawk (Dion Dawkins) and a few other guys. I just want to finish what we started. I'm glad that I'm able to be a part of that and I'm just happy for the team, I'm happy to keep this thing going."
Hyde spent four years playing for Green Bay before coming to the Bills and was a fifth round pick out of Iowa in the 2013 NFL Draft.
In his eight NFL seasons, Hyde has racked up 17 interceptions, 49 passes defensed, 491 tackles, forced three fumbles and totaled 13 tackles for loss. In his four seasons with the Bills, Hyde has been a part of two top-three defenses.