For Buffalo, it was never really a case of not wanting Taylor. What they didn’t want is the deal he signed with them last August and ahead of Saturday’s deadline to pick up his contract option, the Bills came to terms in a restructured deal with the quarterback.
Taylor would have been due $27.5 million on Saturday if the Bills had picked up his option and while the details of the restructured deal have not been revealed, what we do know is that he will receive a $7 million signing bonus and the new deal will drop his cap value to under $10 million.
New Bills head coach Sean McDermott spoke about the new deal.
“We are excited about the opportunity to keep Tyrodwith 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. [General manager] Doug [Whaley] and I are confident this was the best move for the Bills at this time.”
Buffalo signed him prior to the 2015 season after he spent four years with the Ravens as a backup. In his first year as a starter he posted 3,035 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He rushed for 568 yards and 4 touchdowns. Last season he recorded 3,023 passing yards, 17 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, 580 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns.
Taylor has a record of 15-14 over the course of his two seasons spent in Buffalo, getting him off the deal he was on makes sense as far as management will be concerned. There is a shortage of high quality quarterbacks going at the moment that have years ahead of them, the draft class this year is not the strongest so anyone who drafts a QB this year would have to more than likely take time to develop them.
Keeping Taylor allows the Bills to focus on other areas in free agency such as receivers and improving the defense against the run.