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NFL Star: ‘Hey, New York Taxes Suck!’

Posted on | February 27, 2023 | Comments Off on NFL Star: ‘Hey, New York Taxes Suck!’

Buffalo Bills strong safety Jordan Poyer is one of the best defensive backs in the NFL. If you’re a quarterback going up against the Bills, your first read is to figure out where Poyer is, and then throw the ball somewhere else. (Just ask Lamar Jackson what happens if you throw it near Poyer.) When he signed a contract extension with the Bills three years ago, it was worth $9.7 million a year, but this year, Poyer’s a free agent, and it doesn’t seem likely he’ll be sticking around Buffalo:

When discussing where he would like to play, money was a major factor for Poyer. Last year, he made $5.6 million, but was open about how he felt on the taxes that were taken from that number.
“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,” Poyer said . . . “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.”
In 2022, New York had the highest tax burden in the country at 12.75 percent, according to CNBC. Poyer made more in 2022 than he did with his 2019, 2020 and 2021 salaries combined, and the impact of the taxes was clearly felt by the safety.
If he wants a place without state income tax, there are multiple locations with no income tax and an NFL team that could be options.

Tennessee (Titans), Nevada (Las Vegas Raiders), Texas (Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans), and most of all Florida (Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins) would seem the most promising relocation spots for Poyer, if avoiding state income taxes is his top priority in free agency. Because I’m a Patriots fan, I’d prefer Poyer to exit the AFC East, so scratch Miami off the list, and frankly it would be better if he left the AFC altogether, which eliminates the Titans, the Raiders, the Texans and the Jags. Looking at the 2023 Patriots schedule, I see they’ve got an away game at Dallas, so therefore the ideal location for Poyer is Tampa Bay. Best wishes, Bucs fans! Certainly, there’s no hope that Poyer would consider an offer from New England, because the People’s Republic of Taxachusetts is scarcely better than New York.




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