Jordan Poyer has played a crucial role for the Buffalo Bills in each season since 2021. The veteran safety has been a leader on a defense that has made deep runs in the playoffs in each of the past two seasons. With free agency looming, Poyer took to his podcast to discuss what he will be looking for in potential suitors.
Speaking on the Jordan Poyer Show, Poyer began explaining that his contract has increased since. This increase in income increased his tax burden, which was likely massive in 2022, given his $5.6 million contract. So, state taxes seem to be weighing heavily on the pro-bowlers mind, who, according to Sports Illustrated, said:
“A lot of people ask me, ‘Oh, if it wasn’t Buffalo, where would you go?’ I kind of ponder the question every once in a while. I would love to go to a state that doesn’t take half my money. It’s crazy to me how taxes work. Some people will say, ‘You’re already making X amount of money.’ Taxes play a big part in all of our lives.”
“I would love to go to a state that doesn’t take half my money… It would be nice to see the sun, maybe, every week or so.”
– Jordan Poyer on some things he’s looking for in his next team in Free Agency.
Doesn’t rule out a return to Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/W5W79Wehnv
— Air Raid | Buffalo (@TheBillsGuys) February 25, 2023
After playing for the Buffalo Bills, who play in New York, Poyer is no stranger to a high income tax. In fact, in a recent article, CNBC ranks New York as the state with the highest tax burden. Poyer may become the next in many residents in high-tax states that move to states with a lower income tax, such as Florida or Texas. To add flames to the rumors, Poyer also said this:
“If it wasn’t Buffalo, it’d be nice to see the sun.”
“Many people over the last months and years have taken exactly this advice, fleeing New York’s oppressive, anti-business climate and crime rates for the greener pastures of Florida and other states. According to the Census Bureau, New York had the highest population decline of any state in the union in 2022, while Florida had the highest rate of population growth.”
“…In recent years, there have been many reasons for New Yorkers to leave the state, including some of the harshest coronavirus pandemic response measures in the country (responses that severely damaged New York’s economy but did not slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state), high corporate and personal tax rates, its regularly poor ratings in personal and business freedom, and the disastrous tenure of former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, which saw many New Yorkers flee the city in particular.”
The Buffalo Bills may be looking for a new safety at the end of this saga, and teams like the Miami Dolphins and Jacksonville Jaguars may be poised to land a defensive star. It’s easy to forget all of the decisions that go into these athletes’ free agency decisions, but for Poyer, taxes and weather seem to be at the top.
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