Has Tyrod Taylor played his last game for the Buffalo Bills? It’s certainly possible, but reports are that the team’s offensive coordinator wants Taylor kept around.
“My sense is Bills offensive coordinator Rick Dennison would like to keep Tyrod Taylor,” Albert Breer of MMQB.com said. “Thus, cash will be the deciding factor. Taylor is due $40.5 million the next two years.”
Of course, the business end of Taylor’s situation complicates things. His numbers simply aren’t that good.
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Worse than having unspectacular numbers is that he seems to be going in the wrong direction as a passer. Of course, Taylor’s mobility adds to his value, but his 2016 rushing stats were roughly the same as his 2015 totals.
While his actual cap figures ($15.9 million in 2017, $16.7 million in 2018) don’t quite add up to $40.5 million, his production still falls short.
If the Bills are going to keep Taylor, they need to restructure his deal. Anything else is just a drastic overpay and money not spent improving a team that hasn’t made the playoffs since 1999.