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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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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

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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

According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, Tyrod Taylor is not open to a contract restructure.

Taylor feels he's worth every penny of the six-year, $92 million deal he inked last August. He'll be due $30.5 million guaranteed in 2017 if the Bills pick up his option. The Bills would like to avoid paying that, but in a thin free agent market, keeping Tyrod might be their best bet. 2016 fourth-round pick Cardale Jones isn't an option, and none of this year's rookie quarterbacks are ready to play. The Bills have until March 11 to exercise Taylor's option.
Feb 9 - 8:34 PM

WGR 550's Sal Capaccio reports the Bills have yet to make a decision on Tyrod Taylor.

Capaccio reports new coach Sean McDermott and his staff have been looking at the tape and discussing whether they think Tyrod should be the starter in 2017. Even if they settle on yes, Buffalo could try to renegotiate the almost $31 million in guarantees Taylor is owed as soon as his option is picked up. The Bills have until March 11 to pick up the option, so they will likely wait to see what is available on the free agent and trade markets before making their final decision.
Feb 7 - 9:20 AM

Tyrod Taylor admitted he isn't sure what the future holds for him in Buffalo.

Taylor prefers to stay with the Bills but is still waiting for word from "management" about his status for next season. In the meantime, he's been busy with his rehab after undergoing groin surgery about a month ago. "If I didn't have to rehab, I'd probably be thinking about [my future] all the time," said Taylor. Jason La Canfora of CBS reported Thursday that the Bills were still holding out hope of bringing Taylor back on a lesser contract, but that's probably a pipe dream.
Feb 3 - 1:13 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Bills "haven't give up hope on retaining" Tyrod Taylor with a "lesser contract."

La Canfora considers it "wishful thinking." It is, as Taylor will almost certainly make the reasonable gamble he can get more on the open market following his release. Not only that, he could be with a team that actually wants him. La Canfora has also reported the Bills have "significant interest" in Tony Romo, and that Taylor could be an option for the Cardinals if Carson Palmer retires.
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 2 - 3:38 PM

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PosRoleName
QB1Tyrod Taylor
2Cardale Jones
3Josh Woodrum
RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3Jonathan Williams
4Joe Banyard
5Cedric O'Neal
GLB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
3RB1LeSean McCoy
2Mike Gillislee
FB1Patrick DiMarco
2Mike Tolbert
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Corey Brown
3Dezmin Lewis
4Corey Washington
WR21Andre Holmes
2Walter Powell
3Brandon Tate
4Kolby Listenbee
5Jeremy Butler
WR31Walter Powell
TE1Charles Clay
2Nick O'Leary
3Blake Annen
4Logan Thomas
LT1Cordy Glenn
2Michael Ola
LG1Richie Incognito
2Patrick Lewis
C1Eric Wood
2Ryan Groy
RG1John Miller
2Vlad Ducasse
RT1Jordan Mills
2Cyrus Kouandjio
3Seantrel Henderson
K1Stephen Hauschka