QTyrod Taylor
QB BUF (10)
2 weeks ago

Taylor's restructured contract increases the Bills' flexibility to release him after the 2017 season, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

In addition to slashing his 2017 base salary by more than $6 million, the deal improves Buffalo's long-term flexibility, which is something the team has heavily emphasized while negotiating with Taylor the past two offseasons. The 27-year-old quarterback has been good enough that the Bills don't want to let him go, but he apparently hasn't quite been good enough to warrant a true long-term investment. It's a bit surprising Taylor was amenable to a restructure that so obviously works in the team's favor, as he'd likely draw plenty of interest if he hit the open free-agent market. He's locked in as the starting quarterback in Buffalo, but only for the upcoming season. If he disappoints, the Bills will be able to trade or release him without taking much of a cap hit. Meanwhile, the team hasn't actively addressed its shaky receiving corps, signing Philly Brown but losing both Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. Of course, Sammy Watkins' health is more important than anything that happens in free agency or the draft.

QTyrod Taylor
QB BUF (10)
3 weeks ago

Taylor's restructured contract reduces his 2017 cap hit from $16 million to just under $10 million while also decreasing the overall guaranteed money, The Buffalo News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Taylor's old contract called for $30.75 million in guarantees if he remained on the roster past Saturday. The Bills want to keep him around for at least one more year as the starter, but they aren't quite ready for a more serious commitment -- apparently still unconvinced in the wake of back-to-back solid campaigns from the speedy quarterback. The result is a team-friendly deal which suggests Taylor has a strong desire to remain in Buffalo, as there's little question he'd be able to find a starting job in free agency. It will be interesting to see how Taylor works with new head coach Sean McDermott -- particularly if top wideout Sammy Watkins (foot) can finally get back to full strength. Taylor was medically cleared in late February for offseason activities, after undergoing surgery in January to repair a core muscle.

QTyrod Taylor
QB BUF (10)
3 weeks ago

The Bills have retained Taylor by signing him to a restructured contract.

EDGE Analysis

While the financial particulars of the deal have yet to be clarified, the move provides the Bills with valuable stability at the QB position, while keeping Taylor off the open market. Taylor, who turns 28 in August, is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he threw for 3,023 yards, while compiling a 17:6 TD:INT ratio over the course of 15 games. Meanwhile, Taylor bolstered his fantasy profile by running 95 times for 580 yards and six TDs. This coming season, he'll be playing under a new head coach (Sean McDermott), but the QB is in line to continue to work with talented wideout Sammy Watkins, who is on the mend following foot surgery. Meanwhile, the Bills' productive ground game will welcome back the likes of LeSean McCoy and Mike Gillislee.

QTyrod Taylor
QB BUF (10)
4 weeks ago

A decision on whether to keep Taylor or let his option pass will go right down to the wire. "I've enjoyed getting to know Tyrod and I've been impressed by his work ethic and he's won a number of games for this organization," new coach Sean McDermott told BuffaloBills.com. "Having said that the process continues. The decision making process that is. We're going to exhaust every resource, every avenue and every option available to us before we make that decision."

EDGE Analysis

McDermott and general manager Doug Whaley couldn't have a more important decision to make before the new head coach fully gets going. Working in his favor, Taylor's posted the best QB numbers since Jim Kelly led the Bills, while offense wasn't the problem during Rex Ryan's two mostly disappointing seasons. Taylor also protects the ball well and has experience with new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison. On the other side of the coin, some don't envision him as a franchise quarterback that can win titles, while he also has some holes in his game (though it can be argued that he makes up for those with his ball security and sheer athleticism). We'll see what the team does by next week, though if the Bills keep Taylor in the mix it's a sign that the team is choosing not to go through a full rebuild and will instead try and work off some of the successes they had last season, most of which came on offense.

QTyrod Taylor
QB BUF (10)
1 month ago

Taylor (groin) has recovered from January surgery and has been medically cleared for offseason activities, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Taylor was never expected to be in much danger of being limited during the offseason, but the fact that he's back to full strength is nonetheless significant. He's now eligible for the $27.5 million bonus due March 11, which wouldn't have kicked in had he not been cleared by that date. It still remains unclear if the Bills are willing to pay out that bonus, and Taylor's prior refusal to restructure his contract could ultimately prompt Buffalo to release him by March 11. If that's the case, Taylor likely wouldn't have much trouble finding a starting gig elsewhere, as the 2017 draft class isn't ripe with high-end signal callers and several teams look to be in need of an established option at quarterback.

QTyrod Taylor
QB BUF (10)
1 month ago1 Comment

Bills beat writer Vic Carucci says he's been told Taylor (core muscle surgery) is unwilling to agree to a restructured contract that would reduce his pay, The Buffalo News reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's also been reported that Taylor would prefer to return to the Bills, but Carucci's sources say the quarterback and his agent are convinced they can receive a boatload of money if Taylor hits the open market, so they may be unwilling to take a pay cut to keep Taylor in Buffalo. We'll see how much new coach Sean McDermott pushes to keep Taylor in the fold, though the thought all along had been that if the quarterback was going to return for another season, it would be under a reduced deal given that the team has mixed feelings about his 2016 performance.

QTyrod Taylor
QB BUF (10)
2 months ago

Taylor, who's still recovering from core muscle surgery, says he'd like to return, BuffaloBills.com reports. "Of course," said the quarterback this week. "I know the team very well. I know how close we are as a team. I know the talent that we have on the team. We can be a very special team, especially with the right leadership, and I believe we have some coaches in that are definitely ready to go out there and make us work and get things turned around. So definitely looking forward to seeing what they can bring."

EDGE Analysis

We'll see if the feeling is mutual after the team got all wishy-washy on him down the stretch amid the Rex Ryan firing. While Taylor has his flaws, he did put up a lot of points with a banged-up offense and has proven to be a good protector of the ball, with 37 touchdown passes and just 12 picks over his two seasons as Buffalo's starter. Plus there may be no one else available that's any better. At issue remains his lack of size as well as troubles bringing the team back from deficits. One thing to note is that Taylor worked with new offensive coordinator Rick Dennison while he was a backup with the Ravens, and is quite familiar with the offense Dennison plans to roll out.

QTyrod Taylor
QB BUF (10)
2 months ago

Taylor was named as an alternate for the upcoming Pro Bowl, but won't be able to play in the game due to his recovery from core muscle surgery, BuffaloBills.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Taylor won't get official Pro Bowl status since he won't be able to play in the exhibition. His recovery isn't supposed to last long into the offseason, while the big question mark is whether there Bills decide to bring him back as the guy who leads the offense in Year 1 of the Sean McDermott era.

QTyrod Taylor
QB BUF (10)
3 months ago

ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Bills have no intention of paying Taylor (core muscle surgery) a $15.5 million option bonus they have until March 11 to exercise.

EDGE Analysis

Picking up that option would pretty much mean Taylor is the Bills' guy for the next five seasons -- at a very expensive price -- something a new coaching regime might be hesitant to commit to. We'll note that Taylor still could be a better option than anyone else the Bills could get, so you can't rule out the team working out a shorter, cap-friendlier deal just to see if he can keep improving. For now, Taylor will recover from the surgery he had this week, while the Bills have all kinds of dollars and coaching personnel to sift through this offseason.

QTyrod Taylor
QB BUF (10)
3 months ago

Taylor is in line to undergo surgery Thursday to address a core muscle issue, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Taylor faces a recovery period of approximately six weeks, so he'll be back to full strength well before the Bills resume on-field activities in the spring. That said, the team faces a decision this offseason with regard to the QB's future with the organization, as the Bills have until March 11 to exercise their option on Taylor's contract.