There has been a lot of chatter since even before the 2016 season ended that Tyrod Taylor would not play for the Buffalo Bills in 2017.
But that may not be the case after all.
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, who appeared on NFL Network’s “Good Morning Football” show Tuesday, the Bills might be leaning more towards keeping him.
“From my understanding, it is probably a better chance they keep Tyrod now than actually cutting him,” Rapoport said.
This is an interesting turn of events. But it’s probably the right call, despite Taylor’s fully guaranteed money (27.5 million) that kicks in if Buffalo does pick up his option for 2017.
That said, take away the guaranteed money and the Bills are actually getting a bargain deal for a quarterback who is better than advertised. His cap hits, if the option is picked up, are very manageable: $15.9 million, $16.78 million, $17.38 million, $17.63 million, and $17.65 million from 2017 to 2021, respectively.
Last season, playing without star receiver Sammy Watkins for much of the year, Taylor completed 61.7 percent of his passes for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions. The past two years in Buffalo, he’s thrown 37 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions. He’s added another 10 touchdowns on the ground.
Many quarterback-needy teams would love to have that kind of production from their quarterbacks. With that in mind, it makes more sense to stick with Taylor, let him develop and let Cardale Jones develop behind him.
We’ll see how it all plays out. New head coach Sean McDermott hasn’t committed one way or another to the quarterback. The big date to keep in mind here is March 11, which is the deadline for the Bills to make a decision about Taylor’s future.