Matt Barkley will have a prolonged stay in Buffalo after penning a two-year extension with the team Friday.
“Let’s Go Buffalo!!!.” Barkley wrote in a tweet. “I’m here for a little longer and couldn’t be more excited! There’s great things in store for this team, and I’m pumped to be a part of it #GoBills.”
— Matt Barkley (@MattBarkley) December 21, 2018
Buffalo announced the extension will go through the 2020 season.
“It’s worked out pretty well,” Barkley told buffalobills.com. “At the outset of the season I was injured and got released and was sitting on my couch at home not knowing what the future held. But at the same time I kept working and staying confident and worked to get back on the field. To see the extension today and knowing I have a future with the Bills and knowing it’s a place I really want to be… I love this team and this organization and the QB room we have, it’s really, really special.”
The Bills initially signed Barkley after quarterbacks Josh Allen and Derek Anderson both suffered injuries. Barkley got the starting nod over backup Nathan Peterman in Week 10 before Peterman was cut from the team in November.
Barkley led Buffalo to a 41-10 victory over the Jets, marking the team’s first win in five games at that point. Barkley completed 60 percent of his passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns in that matchup.
Allen returned the following week, but Barkley has proven to be a reliable backup.
Barkley, 28, got his start in Philadelphia when the Eagles selected him in the fourth round (98th overall) of the 2013 draft.