ORCHARD PARK – For a second consecutive offseason, the Buffalo Bills remain hesitant in making any long-term commitments to quarterback Tyrod Taylor. The signal-caller enters 2018 in the final year of the contract the two sides restructured last offseason. But if the Bills are hoping the three-year starter will agree to another restructure, they better think again.
Via Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News, Taylor has no intentions of restructuring his contract and taking less money, despite his desire to stay in Buffalo moving forward.
“I don’t think I need to do that again. That’s definitely not part of my mindset,” Taylor told The Buffalo News in regards to taking another pay cut.
Numerous reports suggest that the Bills will look to move on from Taylor this offseason either via trade or by simply cutting the 28-year-old. Such a move would likely come before March 16 – the second day of the new league year – when Taylor is due a $6 million roster bonus that brings his total cap hit for the 2018 season to $18.08 million. After that, cutting or trading Taylor would result in a much larger dead cap hit for Buffalo.
For now at least, Taylor is still a member of the Bills and he made it known that he hasn’t been told otherwise by the organization.
This past season, Taylor was benched in favor of rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman in Week 11 with the offense in the midst of a massive lull. It turned out to be a disastrous decision by head coach Sean McDermott, as Peterman threw five first-half interceptions and the Bills were blown out for a third consecutive game. Taylor was reinstated as the team’s starter one week later and missed just one game due to injury the rest of the season, as he got things back on track and led the franchise to their first playoff berth in 17 years.
Monumental as it was, it doesn’t eliminate the fact that the Bills finished the season with the NFL’s 31st ranked passing offense and scored just one second-half touchdown over their final seven games, including their wild-card loss to Jacksonville. Taylor individually threw for 2,799 yards, 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions in 2017. He added another four scores on the ground.
That sentimental postseason run couldn’t save offensive coordinator Rick Dennison, who was fired five days after the Bills season ended. McDermott cited the offense’s need to score more points as the main reason for Dennison’s dismissal, an argument that could also incriminate Taylor.
So while the mobile quarterback would like to stay in Buffalo and hasn’t been told he won’t be to this point, from the outside it sure sounds like the Bills have other plans. And if they’re unwilling to commit to the $18 million in cap hit currently allotted for Taylor next season, then apparently he wants out as well.