Bills announce that Tyrod Taylor agreed to stay with them on a restructured contract.
HC Sean McDermott: "We are excited about the opportunity to keep Tyrod with the Bills. I've gotten a chance to know Tyrod and study him over the past several weeks and he is both a great person and competitor. Doug and I are confident that this was the best move for the Bills at this time."
Taylor was a 4for4 favorite in 2016 until Sammy Watkins’ injury and he STILL produced top 8 numbers with Watkins in and out of the lineup. He was also a top 8 quarterback on a per game basis in 2015, so he has now produced starter-caliber numbers in two straight seasons. The question in Buffalo is what sort of receiving corps will Taylor have to throw to? If Sammy Watkins can stay healthy it would be a big boost, but the promising Robert Woods is a free agent.
Taylor was a 4for4 favorite in 2016 until Sammy Watkins’ injury and he STILL produced top 8 numbers with Watkins in and out of the lineup. He was a top 10 quarterback on a per game basis in 2015, so he has now produced starter-caliber numbers in two straight seasons. His age 26-27 numbers closely compare to Russell Wilson’s, so we’re very interested to see where he lands this offseason.
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There's some drama regarding Taylor's contract. If he can't pass a physical on March 11, the Bills are "stuck" with Taylor and a contract number of $27.5 M. Pro Football Talk: "The Buffalo predicament is the direct result of a convoluted contract extension aimed at giving Taylor a bump for 2016 along with the promise of a big payday in 2017, while protecting the Bills against a Kirk Cousins-style franchise tag dilemma after what would have been the last year of Taylor’s contract. If that device blows up on the Bills, with Taylor getting the $27.5 million at a time when the Bills would have liked to pull the plug and move on, the blame will fall on the two men who have managed to work their relationships with ownership into a high degree of job security: G.M. Doug Whaley and team president Russ Brandon." We're very interested to see where Taylor lands. From a fantasy standpoint, he should get out of Buffalo and start fresh elsewhere.
A year after making the Pro Bowl in 2015, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor found himself in an unenviable game of organizational ping pong this season, which eventually led to him watching the season finale on the sidelines.
The Bills classified his absence, which gave way to an EJ Manuel / Cardale Jones combination on Sunday against the Jets, as injury-related and a "business decision" before more was known about a potential hernia surgery this offseason. Taylor told reporters on Monday that his job was taken from him.
While it's easy to understand the Bills wanting to see one more performance out of Manuel and a first performance from Jones, they are putting a lot of pressure on general manager Doug Whaley to nail the quarterback position this offseason, the story said. Taylor was not a top 10 quarterback but he was more than replacement level. In two seasons, he completed an average of 62.6 percent of his passes for 6,058 yards, 37 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also ran for another 1,148 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (groin) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday. For whatever reason, the Bills are apparently moving on from Taylor. We’re very interested to see where he lands.
The Bills have seemingly chilled on Taylor, benching him in Week 17 in favor of E.J. Manuel to protect themselves from a Taylor injury that would cost the franchise millions. Taylor is reportedly (and wisely) preparing his exit strategy out of Buffalo. In 19 games over the last two years with a semi-healthy Sammy Watkins, Taylor has averaged 8.8 YPA (which is elite), 1.47 pass TD and just 0.42 interceptions. It will be interesting to see where he lands in 2017.
After Rex Ryan made it publicly clear Monday that he intended to start Taylor in Week 17, the Bills management had a decision to make, sources told ESPN's Jeff Darlington. Buffalo could allow Ryan to coach against the Jets for his "revenge game," which was the original plan in recent weeks, or fire him to avoid the potential risk of an injury to Taylor.
Ultimately, management felt it was wise to fire Ryan now, keeping Taylor off the field, because of the injury guarantees that would be owed to Taylor if he was hurt and could not pass a physical March 11 -- the day when he'd be owed guarantees valued at $27.5 million.
Despite being eliminated from playoff contention, the team put forth their best performance of the season through the air. Tyrod Taylor had over 300 yards in a game for the first time in his career, and the Bills set a franchise record for most yards in a game with 589 yards.
Nobody was as consistent in the passing game as Charles Clay, hauling in eight catches for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
He also made two of the most important catches in the game.
Clay caught his first touchdown in the red zone down 28-14 in the third quarter. However, Clay’s biggest catch in a Bills uniform came on 4th-and-seven in the fourth quarter. With the Bills down to their last chance to take the lead, Clay had to go down to the turf to catch a sharp throw from Taylor in the front of the end zone. After being reviewed the play was upheld, and the Bills had their first lead of the afternoon.
We liked Clay as a free agent pickup off the wire this week for those in need at the position, and as a lower-end TE1 play. If your league has Week 17 games, Clay is someone to keep in mind as a player who is trending upward.
Friday, December 23, 2016, 5:51pm
Thursday, December 22, 2016, 6:27pm
Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 6:42pm
As Tyrod Taylor's up-and-down play has left open the possibility for the Buffalo Bills to make a change at quarterback in the offseason, one of the lingering questions surrounding the Bills' looming decision over Taylor's contract is whether he and the Bills can agree to a restructured deal that lessens the financial burden on the team moving forward.
The short answer to whether a restructured deal would work? It cannot be completely ruled out, but don't bet on anything happening.
The Bills' extension with Taylor, signed in August, already puts the quarterback under contract for $27.5 million in 2017 -- a salary that is guaranteed if Taylor suffers an injury that prevents him from playing next season. The Bills have until March 11 to exercise an option on Taylor's contract that would trigger the 2018 through 2021 years of the deal, paying him $15.5 million immediately and lowering his 2017 salary to a fully-guaranteed $12 million.
If the Bills do not exercise Taylor's option by March 11, then the entirety of his $27.5 million salary in 2017 becomes fully guaranteed March 12, and Taylor would be slated for unrestricted free agency after the 2017 season.
Thursday, December 15, 2016, 7:16pm
Bills QB Tyrod Taylor (groin) took full practice reps again Thursday. Taylor has a fantastic matchup with the Browns, and he’ll be able to play through he groin injury. Keep an eye on the weather in Buffalo, however.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 7:07pm
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