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Whaley: Tyrod Taylor in “process” of earning new contract

ORCHARD PARK, NY - JANUARY 03:  Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills acknowledges the crowd after the Bills beat the New York Jets 22-17 at Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Orchard Park, New York.  (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Bills settled on Tyrod Taylor as their starting quarterback this season and Taylor turned in a solid year in his first turn in that role.

He was 242-of-380 for 3,035 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions while also adding 568 yards and four touchdowns as a runner for the 8-8 Bills. Taylor’s play was a highlight of a disappointing season in Buffalo, but it doesn’t sound like it was enough for the Bills to commit to him for anything beyond next season.

Taylor has one year at $1 million left on his deal, which is a nice bargain for the team that General Manager Doug Whaley suggested they don’t expect to alter this offseason. Whaley said the team is confident moving forward with Taylor as their starter and that Taylor is “on the process to earning” a bigger contract if he repeats this year’s performance.

“He’s warranted enough for us to continue down the road to see if he can be the franchise guy of the future,” Whaley said, via the Buffalo News. “I mean if you think about it, if I told you a former sixth-round pick in his first year starting went 8-6, and with his stats and his quarterback rating and what he’s brought to the team, I think it warrants him a chance to prove it. Absolutely. And the thing that we like the most about him is the locker room believes in him, we believe in him, and hopefully the fans believe in him.”

Whaley pointed to consistency, learning to slide and “last second heroics” as areas where Taylor could show the Bills the improvement they are looking for before deepening their commitment. Should Taylor do those things and have a chance to head toward the open market, it will cost the Bills more to hold onto his services. Whaley said the team will “be happy to pay him” under those circumstances, which may make Taylor’s contract negotiations a big topic at this time next year.

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25 Responses to “Whaley: Tyrod Taylor in “process” of earning new contract”
  1. gridles says: Jan 5, 2016 7:11 AM

    Pay the man!

  2. joetoronto says: Jan 5, 2016 7:19 AM

    This is why the Bills have never and will never win a thing, denial.

    He’s a backup at best.

  3. iammrbinky says: Jan 5, 2016 7:34 AM

    “When you have to shoot shoot, don’t talk.”

    – Tuco Benedito Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez

  4. gah05 says: Jan 5, 2016 7:45 AM

    I think a contract can be offered by mid to late season next year based on his play. Whaley is doing the right thing.

  5. unclebluck says: Jan 5, 2016 7:54 AM

    Bills management will screw this up like they always do…..

  6. qdog112 says: Jan 5, 2016 8:09 AM

    Whaley and the Bills are fools not to lock up Taylor, long term. Why they would play games with a guy who has clearly demonstrated his ability to be a franchise QB?

    It’s actually pretty insulting for them to try to squeeze out another year of quality play at rock-bottom costs. His numbers warrant the respect that comes with franchise support, not the standard, “we need to see more” line.

    If Rex had not destroyed the defense, the Bills would be in the playoffs today. That’s not on their top 10 QB.

  7. sansbushman says: Jan 5, 2016 8:11 AM

    Tyrod Taylor still has some upsides as a QB. But Wrecks Ryan is not going to help him to discover that upsides.

    Having said that, Bills will not find a better QB than Tyrod anytime soon, so lock him down with a 3-4 years contract.

  8. billswillnevermove says: Jan 5, 2016 8:22 AM

    I was pretty impressed with him. He exceeded expectations by a wide margin. He’s also better than the Carr brothers put together.

  9. idoubtiwillbother says: Jan 5, 2016 8:42 AM

    I have worked for worse bosses than Doug Whaley. Not many. Probably 1.

  10. jeffreyshulenburg says: Jan 5, 2016 8:44 AM

    He only threw 6 INTs all season and 2 of them were with the game on the line late in the season. So Whaley makes a valid point. Hes shown definite leadership and the ability to make all the throws, he just needs to step up when it matters most…and stay healthy so EJ Manuel doesnt get to blow 2 games

  11. zielinski18 says: Jan 5, 2016 8:46 AM

    He was 8-6 as the starter as some people forget. I think the best case scenario is to sign him to a bridge deal for a year or two. Give him 10 million and see if he can build on the things he did last year. He can be special in this league as he has big play ability in his arm and legs. It is the over the middle and more routine throws he struggles with. Hope he works hard this offseason and proves he’s worth top dollar!

  12. jetssuk says: Jan 5, 2016 8:58 AM

    Nice win Sunday over “the same old Jets” !!

  13. catquick says: Jan 5, 2016 8:59 AM

    Don’t play games. SiGn this guy now. He shined bright with a depleted offense all season. He’s too good to play around with. You’ve been looking for a QB with a pulse for 2 decades. He’s here now. Get him inked.

  14. widerightyouloseagain says: Jan 5, 2016 9:41 AM

    Taylor is as dumb as he looks.

    Wide right, you lose again.

  15. jpaq68 says: Jan 5, 2016 9:53 AM

    At least they seem to be learning by not driving a dump truck full of money up to his front door after he had one decent game like they’ve done with previous QBs.

  16. billswillnevermove says: Jan 5, 2016 10:11 AM

    Taylor is better than any QB name Carr, in fact….both of them put together. Sure is nice to have a team in Buffalo!!!

  17. watermelon1 says: Jan 5, 2016 10:12 AM

    They didn’t “settle.” He WON the job. Easily. And he earned at least another year as starter. Considering he was clearly only brought in because of Rex, I’d say that earns Rex at least another year as coach.

    Now… FIX THAT DEFENSE and get another receiver.

  18. Mitch says: Jan 5, 2016 10:13 AM

    joetoronto says:
    Jan 5, 2016 7:19 AM
    This is why the Bills have never and will never win a thing, denial.

    He’s a backup at bes
    ………………..
    Did you read the article?

    They arent comitting to him beyond next year, they wont give him a mega contract, he still needs to prove himself.

    He’s shown lot’s of potential. “backup at best” is as ignorant as handing him a 5 year multi million dollar contract would be.

  19. ptl2323 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:24 AM

    joetoronto
    Jan 5, 2016, 7:19 AM EST
    This is why the Bills have never and will never win a thing, denial.

    He’s a backup at best.
    ———————
    That’s one heck of a backup then!!! Who would be better than him right now that doesn’t already have a starting job? Have you seen the QB play this year? I can think of at least 8 teams that would love to have Taylor starting for them right now!

  20. nflgtcfl says: Jan 5, 2016 12:07 PM

    I would sign him now, mid range QB dollars after his bargain years expire.

    Taylor received a $400,000 signing bonus, which will be prorated over the life of the three-year contract. He will receive salaries in 2015, 2016, and 2017 of $750,000 (guaranteed), $1 million, and $1.2 million, respectively

    Maybe pay him 10-12 million a season for a few seasons (3-5) tacked onto these ones with only partial guarentees on each year. He gets paid for sure later, and the bills likely get a deal on a mid range or higher QB down the road.

    Is it possible to re-gig the cheap years up to 2017 to include most of the signing bonuses of the new years? That would make it even better.

  21. bettywhiteshairnet says: Jan 5, 2016 12:12 PM

    Although I think Tyrod has convinced many that he may be the QB of the future for Buffalo, I think it’s a smart move by Whaley to see how it works out in 2016 where Tyrod already knows he will be the starting QB and get all of the 1st team reps in the offseason. Hold off and wait a bit to see how he pans out is the smart move. Don’t want to crown him the franchise QB just yet and regret paying him a bunch of money. I’m a huge Tyrod fan and hope he continues his success going forward and earns that big contract.

  22. whitewalkerinphilly says: Jan 5, 2016 12:53 PM

    bettywhiteshairnet says:
    Jan 5, 2016 12:12 PM
    Although I think Tyrod has convinced many that he may be the QB of the future for Buffalo, I think it’s a smart move by Whaley to see how it works out in 2016 where Tyrod already knows he will be the starting QB and get all of the 1st team reps in the offseason. Hold off and wait a bit to see how he pans out is the smart move. Don’t want to crown him the franchise QB just yet and regret paying him a bunch of money. I’m a huge Tyrod fan and hope he continues his success going forward and earns that big contract.

    —-

    Completely agree.

    I am a big Tyrod as well. He certainly won the job fair and square, and he clearly has made progress during the season as he gained a greater familiarity as a starter and developed chemistry with Sammy and finally, finally, started hitting passes over the middle. I certainly want to see what happens when they have a full offseason with Tyrod as the established starter, and to do a full install with him.

    But right now, the ball is in the head office’s court. Memories of the Fitz deal are fresh in our heads, and now we have a full year of evaluation to decide where to go.

    Is Tyrod a bridge starter, someone who can game manage for a couple of years while relying on the run game and a (hopefully) repaired defense? Can he progress to something more? Will an offseason give opponents enough tape to figure him out, like they have for so many mobile QBs, and offensive schemes like Chip Kelly.

    That’s what 2016 is about IMHO.

  23. cantescapekarma says: Jan 5, 2016 1:11 PM

    Thr Bills cap situation is messy for next year. I don’t think they could bump his salary even if they wanted to. They will save $12M if they release Mario Williams, but they also have to sign the entire left side of their O line. Corey Glenn I’m sure wants to get paid as a higher end left tackle ($10-$12M a year) and Incognito is going to probably want a good $8M a year. Plus they need re-sign Bradham or find another LB. they might need a new free safety depending on Aaron Williams, and probably need a good nose tackle to fit Rex’s scheme and free up Dareus to rush the QB.
    There are more holes than that too… I would like to see Tyrod get a nice 2-3 year contract to give more time to evaluate him, but it’s going to be tough to do next year.

  24. peytonmanningsforehead says: Jan 5, 2016 2:30 PM

    In other news Bills fans are in the process of getting a clue: Your team sucks. Always has, always will. Losers.

  25. billswillnevermove says: Jan 5, 2016 5:45 PM

    In other news Joe has three IDs he posts on Bills threads. 58 year old unemployed child from Toronto who stays 24/7 on all Bills threads.

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