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Tyrod Taylor | Quarterback | #5

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (26) / 8/3/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Virginia Tech
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 6 (180) / BAL
Contract: view contract details
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WGR 550 Buffalo's Sal Capaccio reports both the Bills and contract-year QB Tyrod Taylor are open to an in-season extension.
The two sides continue to negotiate and could still strike a deal ahead of Week 1, but the Bills likely want to see if Taylor can carry his 2015 over into a second-straight season to prove it wasn't an outlier year. By all accounts, the Bills are preparing to loosen up the offense and Taylor looked improved in the spring. If he starts the season on fire, Taylor's price tag will only rise. Jun 22 - 9:34 AM

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ABC Buffalo's Joe Buscaglia believes Tyrod Taylor has made important strides this offseason.

Buscaglia — one of the best in the business — prefaces that it's still early, but thinks the Bills "have to be incredibly optimistic about Taylor’s potential progress as they get closer to training camp." Buscaglia's report comes on the heels of the Buffalo News calling Taylor "more in command" of the offense this offseason. Betting on himself in a contract year, Taylor could earn a ton of money if he improves on last year's inaugural starting campaign.
Source: ABC Buffalo
Jun 14 - 6:13 PM

Tyrod Taylor said he is "more in command" of the offense this offseason.

"I definitely feel more in charge, more of a command, being able to speak up," Taylor said. "And guys listen because they know the preparation that I put in, the preparation we put in as a unit, and they see the vision of what we want to be." Taylor was not the starter at this point last year, so it is not surprising he feels more comfortable being a leader. He would likely feel even more comfortable if the Bills ponied up a long-term extension. Taylor is scheduled to make $3 million in salary and bonuses in the final year of his deal.
Jun 9 - 10:29 AM

Tyrod Taylor does not think the Bills need to "open up" the offense.

He does think the offense can "grow" in OC Greg Roman's second season, but that does not necessarily mean Taylor will see a spike in passing attempts. Buffalo had the most successful running game in the league last season, and if anything they have a stronger running back group this year. Taylor played well off the ground game, so any "growth" in the offense would likely involve getting him more opportunities to push the ball downfield off play action. Taylor posted a top-five adjusted yards per attempt average last season and 14 of his 20 passing touchdowns came from outside the red zone.
May 21 - 9:37 AM

Now that LT Cordy Glenn has agreed to a five-year contract, the Bills are expected to pursue long-term deals with Tyrod Taylor and CB Stephon Gilmore.

GM Doug Whaley said he's "supremely confident there's a chance" the Bills will be able to retain both Taylor and Gilmore. That's about as noncommittal as you can get. Locking Taylor and Gilmore into long-term deals is easier said than done and would probably require some serious cap maneuvering on Buffalo's part. Taylor's $1 million salary this year makes him arguably the league's biggest bargain. If Sam Bradford can command upwards of $20 million annually, there's nothing stopping Taylor from pursuing a similar amount. The Bills added some insurance in the draft by taking Ohio State QB Cardale Jones in the fourth round.
May 3 - 9:32 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley said there is a "very, very good possibility" they draft a quarterback this year.

The move makes sense. Both Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel are entering the final year of their deals, and Whaley does not appear convinced in Taylor as the long-term answer. The Bills have been linked with Memphis' Paxton Lynch, but the flurry of activity at the top of the draft has made it less likely he slips to them at No. 19 overall. Ohio State's Cardale Jones, Michigan State's Connor Cook or Penn State's Christian Hackenberg could be options on Day 2. Even if they draft a quarterback, Taylor is fully expected to open the season as the starter.
Apr 21 - 9:01 AM

Tyrod Taylor said he is not focused on his contract situation.

"The business side handles itself, whether it gets done or not," were Taylor's words at the beginning of Buffalo's offseason program. It is good Taylor is not worried about an extension because both coach Rex Ryan and GM Doug Whaley have made it clear he is not getting one this offseason. The decision makes sense from the Bills' perspective. Taylor has just one season of starting experience and did not prove particularly durable during that run. Still, if Taylor puts together another solid season, he could easily be priced out of Buffalo's range. That is a risk they appear willing to take. Taylor is set to make $1 million in the final year of his deal.
Apr 19 - 8:18 AM

Speaking Monday, Bills coach Rex Ryan hinted the sides are far apart in Tyrod Taylor's extension talks.

"What's best for the franchise may not be best for the individual," Ryan said. In other words, we know it's in Taylor's best interest to try and cash in this offseason, but we're not going to pay him the big bucks after only one decent season. It's looking more and more likely Taylor will play out 2016 under his $1 million contract, letting the issue clarify itself on Sundays.
Apr 18 - 1:13 PM

Appearing on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Tyrod Taylor's agent said the Bills "didn't go to the playoffs last year because of discipline and offense," and that Taylor was "exceptional."

Taylor's rep is playing hardball as he tries to maximize his client's leverage. Taylor has made it clear he wants to be in Buffalo long-term, but talks have progressed at a snail's pace. Taylor is due just $1 million in 2016. If an extension is going to come, it will probably be in camp. It wouldn't be surprising if Taylor decides to bet on himself and head into his walk year without a new deal.
Apr 7 - 2:09 PM

Tyrod Taylor said he wants to be the "long-term answer" at quarterback for the Bills.

"I definitely think I showed what I can do, and I definitely think that I showed that I’m going to continue to get better. I improved each game," Taylor said. "I understand the business side of it. If something happens (with the contract) this year, I’m happy for it, but if not, we’ll wait it out and see what happens." Taylor was solid when healthy last season, completing 63.7 percent of his passes and compiling a 20-to-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio. Bills GM Doug Whaley has balked at committing to Taylor as the long-term starter, however, and there has been "little, if any, progress" on a new contract. At this point, it seems likely Taylor plays out the final year of his deal before hitting free agency next offseason.
Apr 4 - 9:02 AM

Speaking Monday, Bills GM Doug Whaley acknowledged there's "some work to be done" in extension talks with contract-year QB Tyrod Taylor.

Whaley also said it didn't have to be a long-term deal, something Taylor probably takes umbrage with. A compromise might be a high-dollar, two-year deal, a la Sam Bradford in Philadelphia. The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci guessed Monday morning a contract wouldn't be hammered out before Week 1.
Mar 21 - 1:58 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports "there has been little, if any, progress" on a long-term extension for Tyrod Taylor.

Carucci does not believe the Bills will sign Taylor to an extension prior to the start of the season. GM Doug Whaley has said a new deal would be a "luxury," and his comments this offseason suggest he is not sold on Taylor as the long-term fix at quarterback. If Taylor can put together a solid, healthy season, he will be in a great position to cash in next offseason.
Mar 21 - 10:17 AM

In-house reporter Chris Brown expects the Bills to let Tyrod Taylor play out this season before signing an extension.

Buffalo’s offseason comments suggest they aren’t completely sold on Taylor. With limited cap space and Taylor playing on a team-friendly deal, he’ll likely have to prove himself before getting a new deal. Taylor will be a candidate for the franchise tag if he repeats his 2015 success.
Mar 4 - 7:25 PM

Bills GM Doug Whaley considers a new Tyrod Taylor deal a "luxury."

The Bills want to avoid spending their limited cap space on Taylor’s team-friendly deal. Re-signing free agent Richie Incognito, Stephon Gilmore, and franchise player Cordy Glenn are bigger priorities. Taylor will likely play out his contract year without an extension.
Mar 3 - 9:44 AM

The Bills have "reached out" to contract-year QB Tyrod Taylor about a new deal.

"This is a week where we’ll delve more into it," GM Doug Whaley said. "We’ll see where it goes." Taylor signed a two-year, $3.35 million deal last March before vastly exceeding expectations as a 14-game starter. Taylor was inconsistent and his freewheeling style exposed him to unnecessary hits, but he is clearly the Bills' answer for 2016. Going on 27, a two-year extension could make sense for both sides.
Feb 25 - 4:52 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2E.J. Manuel
3Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Karlos Williams
3Mike Gillislee
4Jonathan Williams
5James Wilder Jr.
GLB1Karlos Williams
2LeSean McCoy
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Karlos Williams
FB1Jerome Felton
2Glenn Gronkowski
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Dezmin Lewis
3Jarrett Boykin
4Marcus Easley
5Greg Little
WR21Robert Woods
2Greg Salas
3Leonard Hankerson
4Kolby Listenbee
5Walter Powell
WR31Dezmin Lewis
TE1Charles Clay
2Jim Dray
3Chris Gragg
4Blake Annen
5Nick O'Leary
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Cyrus Kouandjio
3Justin Renfrow
4Chris Martin
LG1Richie Incognito
2Cyril Richardson
3Jamison Lalk
C1Eric Wood
2Fernando Velasco
3Robert Kugler
RG1John Miller
2Ryan Groy
RT1Jordan Mills
2Seantrel Henderson
3Marquis Lucas
K1Dan Carpenter
2Marshall Morgan