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Tyrod Taylor | Quarterback | #5

Team: Buffalo Bills
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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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Bills coach Sean McDermott said he has "been impressed" by Tyrod Taylor's leadership.
"There’s leadership qualities at that quarterback position that are important to winning football games," McDermott said, "and I think he’s done a nice job in that area." The new coach has pushed Taylor to be more of a vocal leader, and it sounds like he has answered the call. Taylor will be the starter this year, but he needs a strong season to secure his long-term future in Buffalo. Jun 20 - 9:46 AM

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Speaking with the MMQB's Peter King, new Bills GM Brandon Beane promised an "open competition" at quarterback.

Coach Sean McDermott initially said Tyrod Taylor is the quarterback of the future, but he amended after Beane's comments, saying it "remains to be seen." Beane added Monday that the Bills will continue to "turn over every stone" until they are "100 percent set" at quarterback. Despite a completely new front office and coaching staff, it is clear Taylor's spot atop the depth chart remains precarious. He would leave over $8.5 million in dead cap, but the Bills can get out of Taylor's contract after this season.
Source: MMQB
May 15 - 8:46 AM

Tyrod Taylor (groin) is participating fully on the first day of Bills offseason workouts.

Taylor was medically cleared roughly six weeks ago, but it's worth noting again that he's fully recovered from surgery to repair a sports hernia suffered late last season. With a new contract in hand and new offense to learn, this is a big year for Taylor. He should again flirt with fantasy QB1 numbers.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 3 - 11:21 AM

Coach Sean McDermott made it clear the new Bills' offense will feature Tyrod Taylor's "movement" ability.

New Bills OC Rick Dennison comes from the Kubiak-Shanahan tree, whose offenses feature bootleg-heavy play calls and get their quarterbacks on the move. Dennison was Taylor's position coach in 2014 with the Ravens and should have a full grasp of Tyrod's strengths and weaknesses. McDermott did emphasize that running the football will remain the Bills' identity on offense.
Apr 2 - 1:31 PM

Tyrod Taylor's restructured two-year contract contains just $1 million guaranteed after 2017.

Taylor is slated to make $14.5 million in 2017, but the Bills will have another decision to make after this season. Just $1 million of his base salary in 2018 is guaranteed, and a $6-million roster bonus which likely is due early in the league year will force them to commit or not commit to Tyrod early next offseason. Even if they pay the roster bonus, Taylor is now scheduled to hit free agency after the 2018 season. With that level of uncertainty about Tyrod's future, the Bills should still be looking hard at quarterbacks early in the draft.
Mar 14 - 9:51 AM

Tyrod Taylor's restructured contract with the Bills is worth $30.5 million over the next two seasons.

There are years in the deal after that, but they will void and Taylor will become a free agent in 2019. Taylor got $15.5 million guaranteed, and will make $14.5 million this year with $16 million coming in 2018. The money appears to be similar to what the Bears are paying Mike Glennon, even if Chicago has Glennon under contract for one more year. They're both due around $15 million annually.
Mar 9 - 1:31 PM

Tyrod Taylor has agreed to a restructured contract to stay with the Bills.

Buffalo didn't have good alternatives, unless it wanted to accept a clear downgrade like Nick Foles and use the money saved from Taylor to improve the team elsewhere. Smartly, GM Doug Whaley realized keeping Taylor was the best option. New OC Rick Dennison campaigned for Taylor after the two worked together in Baltimore. Taylor isn't a top-end passer, but he is a top-20 NFL quarterback whose dual-threat and deep-passing ability give Buffalo's run game a significant boost. The Bills have finished 12th and 10th in the NFL in points scored in Taylor's two seasons as a starter.
Mar 8 - 1:53 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Browns have "significant interest" in Tyrod Taylor.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently reported Taylor was the Browns' top fallback option if they can't land Jimmy Garoppolo. Per La Canfora, "no one I've talked to here at the Combine" believes Taylor will accept the pay cut the Bills want him to take, and "many in the league" believe Tyrod will end up in Cleveland. If the Browns do sign Tyrod, they would be smart to retain free agent Terrelle Pryor. Taylor's strength as a passer is his deep ball.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 5 - 1:37 PM

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Bills' coaching staff and front office are split on keeping Tyrod Taylor.

It seems the front office, led by GM Doug Whaley, would prefer a clean slate at quarterback while Sean McDermott's staff is intent on keeping Taylor regardless of financial consequences. Neither side is budging, which should set up for an interesting confrontation as the deadline for exercising Taylor's option nears. The Bills have to make a decision by 4 PM ET on March 11. Taylor will be due $30.75 million guaranteed if he's still on the team.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 3 - 4:11 PM

The Buffalo News' Vic Carucci reports the sense from the Combine is that the Bills are leaning toward moving on from Tyrod Taylor.

The Bills can't seem to make up their mind, and reports have been flip-flopping back and forth on this subject for weeks. Speaking at the Combine, coach Sean McDermott would only say the organization is still evaluating Taylor. Per Carucci, if the $30.75 million guaranteed wasn't tied to Taylor over the next two years, the Bills would likely be bringing him back for 2017. Taylor has been unwilling to renegotiate his contract. The 49ers, Browns, and Jets are expected to show interest in Taylor if he ends up being released by Buffalo.
Mar 3 - 9:57 AM

MMQB's Albert Breer wrote his "sense" is new Bills OC Rick Dennison wants to keep Tyrod Taylor.

Dennison was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach in 2014, Taylor's final year in Baltimore, so he knows the quarterback well. Despite Dennison's desire to keep Tyrod, Breer correctly points out "cash will be the deciding factor." Taylor is due $30.75 million guaranteed over two years if the Bills pick up his option.
Source: MMQB
Feb 23 - 12:12 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tyrod Taylor has been medically cleared from groin surgery.

Taylor underwent sports hernia surgery shortly after the season. A 4-6 week recovery, Taylor's rehab was right on track. He has a $15.5 million option bonus due on March 11. Most beat writers expect the Bills to dump Taylor. Nick Foles and Tony Romo have been loosely linked to Buffalo as replacement options.
Feb 22 - 8:27 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there is a "better chance" the Bills keep Tyrod Taylor than not.

Rapoport made the comment while talking about potential landing spots for Tony Romo. Bleacher Report's Ty Dunne, who is a former Buffalo reporter, guessed the Bills would move on last week, so this situation seems to be truly up in the air. Buffalo will commit to $30.75 million guaranteed over two years to Taylor if they pick up his option.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 21 - 12:56 PM

Bleacher Report's Ty Dunne guesses the Bills will part ways with Tyrod Taylor and "roll with a low-cost veteran" at quarterback.

Dunne's opinion is noteworthy because he is a former Buffalo reporter. Dunne expects the Bills to be "patient," sign a veteran, and perhaps draft a quarterback in 2017 or wait for 2018 to select their signal caller of the future. The free agent quarterback market is poor, as usual. After Kirk Cousins, top names include Mike Glennon, Brian Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Geno Smith.
Feb 17 - 2:43 PM

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, new Browns QBs coach David Lee likes Tyrod Taylor "a lot" after the two worked together in Buffalo the past two seasons.

Cabot says Lee "would welcome the opportunity to continue working with [Taylor]" if the Browns were to acquire him. Coach Hue Jackson reportedly wants a veteran quarterback for 2017, and Taylor would be a great get for his offense. The Browns have plenty of ammo to swing a trade or make a signing. They have a whopping $105 million in cap space and five top-65 draft picks.
Feb 14 - 8:29 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2T.J. Yates
3Nathan Peterman
4Cardale Jones
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Jonathan Williams
3Joe Banyard
4Cedric O'Neal
5Jordan Johnson
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Jonathan Williams
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Tolbert
FB1Patrick DiMarco
2Mike Tolbert
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Corey Brown
3Rod Streater
4Dezmin Lewis
5Brandon Reilly
WR21Zay Jones
2Andre Holmes
3Brandon Tate
4Jeremy Butler
5Rashad Ross
WR31Andre Holmes
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
3Logan Thomas
4Wes Saxton
5Keith Towbridge
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Michael Ola
3Cameron Jefferson
LG1Richie Incognito
2Zach Voytek
3Jordan Mudge
C1Eric Wood
2Ryan Groy
3Patrick Lewis
RG1John Miller
2Vlad Ducasse
3Greg Pyke
RT1Jordan Mills
2Dion Dawkins
3Seantrel Henderson
K1Stephen Hauschka