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Agent: Tyrod Taylor deserves a new deal

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Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is scheduled to make just $3 million this season, a bargain for a starting quarterback in today’s NFL. Unsurprisingly, his agent thinks the Bills ought to give him a raise.

Agent Adisa Bakari is reminding the Bills that Taylor will be a free agent in a year, and if the Bills don’t give him a raise now, maybe someone else will give him more money a year from now.

“It’s the Bills’ prerogative to do what they want to do as it relates to Tyrod Taylor or any other Bills player,” Bakari told the Buffalo News. “Fortunately, there are 31 other teams that have watched and will be watching Tyrod. And the fact of the matter is what Tyrod was able to do as a first-time starter in 2015 was give the Bills the best quarterback play they’ve had since Jim Kelly. If that isn’t enough to warrant an extension, I don’t know what will be.”

Taylor has already proven that he’s a capable starting quarterback, something a lot of people didn’t believe when the Bills signed him last year. But the Bills seem to want Taylor to prove he can lead them to the playoffs before they’re willing to pay him the way an NFL starter usually gets paid.

If Taylor has a big year in 2016, he can ensure that the Bills — or some other team — pay him a lot in 2017.

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  1. watermelon1 says: Mar 22, 2016 6:45 AM

    Would be helpful to actually have a defense of anyone is going to lead a team to the playoffs.

    They couldn’t stop a nosebleed last year.

    Oh, and anything other than Chris hogan as your 2nd receiver would go a long way. Please don’t tell me they are counting on Percy Harvin again?!?

  2. gah05 says: Mar 22, 2016 6:57 AM

    While a risk I agree with Bills Management. Sit tight and see what Tyrod develops into. Too many times Bills gave the $$ too early.

  3. clownsfan says: Mar 22, 2016 7:04 AM

    $3 for this guy is about spot on. What did he do that warrants a big payday?

  4. rwhite84 says: Mar 22, 2016 7:05 AM

    ” And the fact of the matter is what Tyrod was able to do as a first-time starter in 2015 was give the Bills the best quarterback play they’ve had since Jim Kelly.”

    Right, Tyrod was better than Doug Flutie. Get real.

  5. george1859 says: Mar 22, 2016 7:09 AM

    Doug Whaley keeps choking the fans with bust QB EJ Manuel while the “other” QB has to prove himself.

    Unless the Bills plan on drafting a starting QB this year, this will prove to be another talent that got away.

    Hello Doug? Let someone who knows what they are doing evaluate the QB position please.

  6. jeffreyshulenburg says: Mar 22, 2016 7:19 AM

    No, what the Bills want to see is more than 1 steady season. The Bills have been down this road before.

    A few years back that had a career backup QB by the name of Fitzpatrick put together a solid and promising season. They rewarded him with a contract. He rewarded them with 3 years of average to below average play.

    I agree with the Bills on this one. While its better short term for the team to get him cheap, its probably better to get a second season to look at this largely unknown QB who came out of nowhere and see if it was a flukey season or if he can consistently perform at that level

  7. doriangray927 says: Mar 22, 2016 7:24 AM

    Put up another halfway decent season and you’ll be overpaid with a Franchise Tag like Kirk Cousins was this year.

    Btw Mr. Agent – the reason there’s no money to do an extension this year is because Tyrod’s Left Tackle (Cordy Glenn) and Left Guard (Richie Incognito) had to be Re-Signed. You could have gotten an extension if they left. But then your client would be dead.

  8. ddeck00 says: Mar 22, 2016 7:25 AM

    Someone is forgetting about the franchise tag. If he plays well and helps the Bills make the playoffs they won’t let him leave.

  9. tgoat12 says: Mar 22, 2016 7:25 AM

    Bottom 5 franchise!
    Bottom 3 coach!

  10. smokehouse56 says: Mar 22, 2016 7:29 AM

    Three million is a joke. Pay the man. He’s a first string NFL QB for crying out loud.

  11. byHim4u says: Mar 22, 2016 7:37 AM

    At least (for this year) give him back-up quarterback money; (7 mill) is the going rate i.e., (Chase Daniel/Eagles). Don’t dis him with a sparse 3 mill even if that’s what his contract states. We all know NFL contracts aren’t worth the paper they’re written on.

    Stop being stingy and show him some appreciation; he’s won games for you in spite of your loud mouth, overrated coach.

  12. silverbackdk says: Mar 22, 2016 7:42 AM

    This could get interesting – he only has one good year and I’m sure it could be argued that he played better than Osweiler last year. If he has another good year I’m sure we are talkning Cousins $$.

    If possible the Bills would be better off signing him to a long term contract that might have a I high max value, but without to many guarantees beyond year 2. Taylor would get som insurance, but sell some of his own up-side.

  13. ontherocks1964 says: Mar 22, 2016 7:43 AM

    I was pleasantly surprised by the successes Taylor had with the team last year. Had the defense pulled their weight I believe they would have made the playoffs. However this organization has been snake bit by bad QB contracts in the past. I know the player and agent want something right now and he probably is deserving, but if I were Whaley, I’d wait until mid-season to see that he continues to develop in the right direction. If the player says he won’t negotiate once the season begins, I’d call that bluff and roll the dice.

  14. johnnnyschatzan says: Mar 22, 2016 7:47 AM

    As a bills fan I much rather see Cordy Glenn and Gilmore paid. Being the best qb for our franchise in recent years doesn’t say much considering the trash list of qbs we had. Tyrod did good but about 70% of his throws were outside the numbers. Two minute drills he looked like mcnabb in the super bowl. It was slow, boring, and pretty much non-existent. In the pro bowl he played awful against what is really vanilla schemes and guys not really trying. Worst case scenario he does great. And then we have to pay him or franchise tag him. But I don’t want to see us pay him like we did fitz for a small sample size.

  15. tooz72 says: Mar 22, 2016 7:49 AM

    he had a pretty decent year but lets face it, he’s the wrong hue to be leading a team to the SB.. throw in the fact that Rex the wonder boy is running this franchise and it just aint happening

  16. igornathanhiggers says: Mar 22, 2016 7:50 AM

    Thanks Baltimore! Thanks for screwing up the QB market!

  17. leninthebuff says: Mar 22, 2016 7:51 AM

    Someone should tell Bakari the Bills are in control the next couple of years with the ability to tag Taylor so there is no rush as they need to tend to Gilmore and Glenn at the present time

  18. amaf21 says: Mar 22, 2016 7:58 AM

    Cousins made $650k last year. Deal with it.

  19. llcriticll says: Mar 22, 2016 8:00 AM

    Not yet bills, Fitzmagic got you for a big one before and that didn’t pan out. unless you can do a 3 yr $21 million dollar deal i would wait.

  20. pasipblog says: Mar 22, 2016 8:06 AM

    Rex knows he will not be there next year.

  21. realityonetwo says: Mar 22, 2016 8:31 AM

    … and it should be for less than what he’s getting paid now.

  22. richc111 says: Mar 22, 2016 8:35 AM

    Capable that’s the key word. He got hurt last year falling down. Before we get ahead of ourselves here let’s see if he can play an entire season first.

  23. jkulha86 says: Mar 22, 2016 8:42 AM

    One decent season doesn’t make you a capable starting QB. There has been a lot of one hit wonders at the QB position who have been paid way to much for one decent season. The Bills are making the right move by having him play out his contract.

  24. codythao35 says: Mar 22, 2016 8:46 AM

    No, he doesn’t, hasn’t prove anything. He is not a franchise qb, sucks when he needs to make plays. Did people see how horrible he was at the pro bowl? Back up qb at best.

  25. vottorific says: Mar 22, 2016 8:47 AM

    Of course he does! Hes an agent!

  26. joetoronto says: Mar 22, 2016 8:50 AM

    Let me guess, he deserves a new deal because he went to the Pro Bowl.

    This just in, everybody went to the Pro Bowl.

  27. chriskap11 says: Mar 22, 2016 8:54 AM

    They have no money right now it is not a question of do they want him but as a business they have to wait until they free up money.

    Darius cost them a lot last year and didn’t produce

  28. dnvrfan11 says: Mar 22, 2016 8:58 AM

    why would they give him a deal this year? they could tag him nextyear if they can not re negotiate a deal for peanuts compared to the deal he will get. also they dont know if he will produce the numbers he did last year this year. consistency gets big money deals. one good year doesnt automatically qualify him for a new, non the less larger contract.

  29. sportingstables says: Mar 22, 2016 9:00 AM

    Lets see what he does this year. Good for Bills to not overreact and pay him asap.

  30. nhpats says: Mar 22, 2016 9:02 AM

    As a Pats fan, I can only hope Buffalo commits to a long term expensive deal with Taylor.

  31. joker65 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:04 AM

    You know, he did play well. However, in the history of the league, there are lots of times a guy plays well for 1-2 years then just doesn’t. Recently, look at RG3, Kapernick, Fitz, etc. To give a guy big money or redo a contract, a GM should wait to see if a player can repeat the success over at least 2 years, its just the prudent thing to do.

  32. flexx91 says: Mar 22, 2016 9:21 AM

    True, however the risk is if he’s injured or underperforms in his second, then all of his leverage is gone. If he has a pro bowl season and become an URFA, now the price jumps into the + $20 mil per year range. Giving Osweiler $17 mil per after only 7 career starts has changed everything.

  33. unbiasednfltruth says: Mar 22, 2016 9:22 AM

    Play your contract; if you have so much faith in your abilities bet on yourself.

    That’s why I love those 1-year prove it deals.

  34. bvolke says: Mar 22, 2016 9:25 AM

    An agent trying to get his commission with threats will hardly sway the Bills front office.

  35. itsfootballbaby says: Mar 22, 2016 9:27 AM

    On the Brock Osweiler scale of proven performance to pay Tyrod’s worth about $25 million a year.

  36. alfredogarciashead says: Mar 22, 2016 9:28 AM

    Which begs the question why hasn’t Gronk come out and demanded a new contract? Gronknis way, way underpaid.

  37. jjackwagon says: Mar 22, 2016 9:48 AM

    Tyrod was able to do as a first-time starter in 2015 was give the Bills the best quarterback play they’ve had since Jim Kelly.

    One year does not a career make, so let’s knock off the Kelly comparison. If he can sustain that performance next year he will prove that he deserves a raise.

  38. nhpats says: Mar 22, 2016 9:49 AM

    flexx91 says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:21 AM
    Giving Osweiler $17 mil per after only 7 career starts has changed everything.

    ———–
    Wrong. This is only true for team’s with clueless GMs. Elway was smart to hold strong and not overpay for a mediocre QB. Better to eke along and wait until a top player becomes available.

  39. billswillnevermove says: Mar 22, 2016 10:13 AM

    nhpats says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:02 AM

    As a Pats fan, I can only hope Buffalo commits to a long term expensive deal with Taylor.
    __________________________________
    We all know you are a Pats fan, so you don’t need to start out your post “As a Pats fan”……after all, your screen name is nhpats, how stupid do you think we all are? Yes, I hope they commit to him long term too, if he does well this year. Remember this………..Brady is on his last legs, he takes less money because he would not start on any of the other 31 teams. Been cheating since 2001. Enjoy your no 1st round draft pick this year….right around the corner then the Pats will go back to stinking just like they use to.

  40. mongo3401 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:23 AM

    Never heard of this agent. I applaud these teams for not dishing out huge money for mid level QB play. This Ghunga Din agent guy can go punt.

  41. davebarnes21 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:26 AM

    its shameful they haven’t paid this kid properly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. cantescapekarma says: Mar 22, 2016 10:32 AM

    Hey Agent – maybe you should be mad at yourself, after all YOU are the one who negotiated this deal just ONE year ago and had your client sign it. I didn’t see any other teams beating down your door to give Tyrod a shot at starting. Be mad at the Bills all you want, but without them Tyrod would still be some unknown backup QB. Instead, he is entering this season as a starter and is in line to receive a massive pay day.
    The Bills just don’t have the cap space to extend TT right now anyway. And they already made the mistake of giving Fitz a huge contract after a small sample size of good play. Whaley could get fired for giving TT a huge deal before he’s truly earned it. He has played 14 total games…
    If he repeats or improves last years performance, the Bills will pay him no problem.

  43. Ugadogs21 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:38 AM

    31 teams? Yes, but roughly 6 or 7 will be looking for a starter. Is Taylor willing to be a high-priced backup?

  44. gints1017 says: Mar 22, 2016 10:56 AM

    Yes Bills Please give this guy that Fitzy contract from a few years back.

  45. vikinganswer says: Mar 22, 2016 10:58 AM

    Not a franchise QB. 1 good year compared to the dumpster fire of QBs that played before him. He deserves a little raise if he plays similar this year. Hardly irreplaceable.

  46. whispersd says: Mar 22, 2016 10:58 AM

    “Brady is on his last legs, he takes less money because he would not start on any of the other 31 teams. ”

    Apparently Buffalo is piping their water in from Flint.

  47. bengalsfan2079 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:15 AM

    Maybe the Bills thought about how well that Fitzpatrick deal worked out for them and decided to wait. If he’s deserving he’ll show it this year and get paid.

  48. nhpats says: Mar 22, 2016 11:23 AM

    billswillnevermove says:
    Mar 22, 2016 10:13 AM
    how stupid do you think we all are? Yes, I hope they commit to him long term too, if he does well this year. Remember this………..Brady is on his last legs, he takes less money because he would not start on any of the other 31 teams. Been cheating since 2001. Enjoy your no 1st round draft pick this year….right around the corner then the Pats will go back to stinking just like they use to.

    ————–

    Given this post…..I’d say I think you are pretty stupid…. And if last year was any indication I’d say that Brady is far from “on his last legs”. That bodes particularly unwell for Buffalo as Brady has owned the Bills more than any other team.

  49. throwingstones20 says: Mar 22, 2016 11:55 AM

    Win something then bitch

  50. granadafan says: Mar 22, 2016 11:56 AM

    nhpats says:
    Mar 22, 2016 9:49 AM
    Wrong. This is only true for team’s with clueless GMs. Elway was smart to hold strong and not overpay for a mediocre QB. Better to eke along and wait until a top player becomes available.
    ===========================================

    You act as if top quality QBs are always available. There’s a big reason why QBs are so overpaid because of the importance of the QB position. The Broncs have waited so long that there aren’t any available. Who did Elway get? Mr Butt Fumble. Go after an unproven rookie in the draft?

  51. elevandoo says: Mar 22, 2016 12:00 PM

    He has a great long ball, but Taylor needs to work on not floating his short and intermediate passes. The db’s are too fast in the nfl to give an extra fraction of a second.
    He also has to work on his mobility within the pocket. Step up instead of scrambling outside into a DE or LB. Study brees and brady.
    Last, he needs to make quicker reads, stop thinking and trust his instincts. This will come with experience, hopefully this year. Go bills!

  52. meximyke says: Mar 22, 2016 12:09 PM

    A raise! He is lucky that he is even on an NFL roster! Only in Buffalo!

  53. LuckyOz says: Mar 22, 2016 12:11 PM

    Sounds like an agent signed a stupid deal. Why not ask for incentives for your backup QB client, so that if they break out one season, they get a nice pay bump.

    Would be easy language “If player starts more than 60% of snaps in season, then next season deal doubles”. Agent just trying to cover up he screwed over his client. Bills was always going to be an open QB contest, so it’s not like this came out of nowhere.

  54. weepingjebus says: Mar 22, 2016 12:16 PM

    So do agents ever get together and laugh about Bills playoff incentive clauses in the contracts? That must be like promising your clients more money if they catch a certain number of leprechauns during spring training.

  55. nookers says: Mar 22, 2016 12:25 PM

    I am a bills fan and I am 100% ok with Whaley waiting until the year is over.

    Tyrod looked good at times .. hes not a pocket passer though and hes injury prone.

  56. bill14224 says: Mar 22, 2016 12:45 PM

    I know it was 20 years ago but JIM KELLY made $3million/year. Today it’s backup money. And the elites say they are in our side. Sure they are!

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