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Two years, $30.5 million for Tyrod Taylor

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Before last week, the Bills had to decide whether to guarantee $30.5 million in payments to unlock the next five years of Tyrod Taylor’s contract. With Taylor and the Bills agreeing to a new deal, they’ll pay him  a total of $30.5 million for two more seasons.

Via Mike Rodak of ESPN.com, Taylor agreed to slash his pay over the next two years from $40.5 million to $30.5 million, in exchange for the ability to hit the market (or to be tagged) in 2019. With only $1 million of his $10 million salary in 2018 guaranteed at signing and a $6 million roster bonus due at some point during the 2018 league year (presumably, early in it), the Bills will be in a similar boat next March, with a lot less on the line than this year.

It’s a win-win, given that Taylor didn’t play so well to make picking up the option under his old contract a no-brainer or so poorly to make cutting him a no-brainer. Given that Taylor’s agent had some “casual conversation” aimed at finding out what other teams would pay, it’s safe to say that Taylor made the decision with eyes wide open, and that his quid pro quo comes from the opportunity to become a free agent in 2019, when he’ll be 29.

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  1. cterrito2014 says: Mar 14, 2017 9:32 AM

    Over payment anyone?

  2. mrkbuilders says: Mar 14, 2017 9:40 AM

    So, I went to a stats website to come on here and talk about how his stats are pitiful and he’s not worth the money…

    Turns out, they’re not too bad and probably worth 15M/ year. In his 2 full years, 29 games started, he’s at 63% with over 6000 yds, 37 TDs, 12 INTs. Of his 13 fumbles, he’s only lost 3. He also has 200 rushes for about 6 yds/ and he’s added 10 rushing TDs. His QB rating was 89.7 this year and 99.4 last year.

    All in all, I’d say he’s on the edge of moving into the Top 1/3rd for QBs in the league.

    Not a bad signing once you recognize he’s only 27 yrs old.

  3. eazeback says: Mar 14, 2017 9:42 AM

    money money yea yea

  4. gjv001 says: Mar 14, 2017 9:56 AM

    So far this off season it’s the only position that the Bills have addressed that has not degenerated. Tyrod Taylor is an exciting QB, that has demenstrated he is capable of leading a playoff caliber offense.

  5. Stiller43 says: Mar 14, 2017 10:06 AM

    mrkbuilders says:
    Mar 14, 2017 9:40 AM
    So, I went to a stats website to come on here and talk about how his stats are pitiful and he’s not worth the money…

    Turns out, they’re not too bad and probably worth 15M/ year. In his 2 full years, 29 games started, he’s at 63% with over 6000 yds, 37 TDs, 12 INTs. Of his 13 fumbles, he’s only lost 3. He also has 200 rushes for about 6 yds/ and he’s added 10 rushing TDs. His QB rating was 89.7 this year and 99.4 last year.

    All in all, I’d say he’s on the edge of moving into the Top 1/3rd for QBs in the league.

    Not a bad signing once you recognize he’s only 27 yrs old.
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    1. No need to pretend you were ever going to criticize him/the money. We all know you weren’t.

    2. 6k yards and 37 tds in 29 games? Thats an average of 200 yds/g and JUST over 1 TD a game. That SCREAMS replacement level/backup qb numbers.

    3. “Of his 13 fumbles, only 3 were lost” – you realize fumble recoveries are pretty random, and the exact reversal trend can happen over the next 13, right? Where they only get 3 back?

    4. How does the fact their offense ranked 30th in passing (sandwiched between Cleveland/Houston and LA/SF) mesh with the fact he’s “on the edge of moving into the top 1/3rd” tier in your eyes?

    I’d love to have him as a backup, but he’s no more than an average to below average starter at best. Crazy good D and running game (which he contributes to), his team can probably win 9-10 games. Without that, his team is bottom 3rd in the league with him at the helm.

  6. j huber says: Mar 14, 2017 10:08 AM

    Osweiler got more $, isn’t 1/2 as good. he got ripped!

  7. billsbackto81 says: Mar 14, 2017 10:10 AM

    Considering what Tannehill, Osweiller, Smith, Fitz, Dalton and Bradford make, TT looks like a bargain.

  8. accipiterq says: Mar 14, 2017 10:13 AM

    He’s NOT that bad…he’s getting better as he learns the league. He’s got a good arm, he’s mobile, doesn’t turn the ball over a ton, and he’s improving. He’s not a top 5 QB, but he’s probably at the tail end of that next tier, maybe 12th or 13th best. I don’t get the hate for this guy on here. Who do you people think the Bills should get that’s available, and would be better?

  9. 1stargazer says: Mar 14, 2017 10:18 AM

    But $14 million is too much for Romo? Tyrod couldn’t carry Romo’s jock.

  10. tonebones says: Mar 14, 2017 10:18 AM

    $30.5 million??? How about investing a fraction of that in a good scouting department. Maybe one that knows how to find QBs. How much is Dallas paying Dak Prescott?

  11. ricko1112 says: Mar 14, 2017 10:19 AM

    He’ll be good for 7 or 8 wins a year.

  12. intrafinesse says: Mar 14, 2017 10:21 AM

    If Mike Glennon is making 14.5, spending the extra 500K is worth it.

    He’s serviceable, and without him you still have to pay a replacement QB, so the savings wont be that much, and the quality will drop.

  13. iammrbinky says: Mar 14, 2017 10:23 AM

    Fair price for a guy that manages a game. He’s built to play with a running offense and a lead. In those circumstances he’s an asset. He’s not a guy that is going to win games throwing the ball. The Raiders debacle showed what happens when you need to rely his arm.

  14. jeffreyshulenburg says: Mar 14, 2017 10:24 AM

    Its the best of both worlds. It allows the Bills to get out after next season if he bombs again. It shifts his cap hits to an advantageous position for the team. And if they decide to keep him going into 2018 it gives them some breathing room to draft their next QB and let him sit a season. And on top of that, Tyrod still gets paid and gets to see what teams will pay for him when the Bills decide to move on.

    Both sides get what they want

  15. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 14, 2017 10:34 AM

    Seems like a fair deal for both and being realistic, who out there could they replace him with that would give them a significantly better option?

    They’d get ridiculed if they cut Taylor and signed the likes of Fitz or Osweiler etc. Rookies are rarely anything but a crap shoot. Taylor is a good player and known quantity.

  16. EJ says: Mar 14, 2017 11:03 AM

    1stargazer says:
    Mar 14, 2017 10:18 AM
    But $14 million is too much for Romo? Tyrod couldn’t carry Romo’s jock.
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    True… but that’s only because Romo’s jock is always sitting in the locker room since he’s injured 90% of the time.

  17. piazza5987 says: Mar 14, 2017 11:05 AM

    With that schedule nxt year,whew!…we can have Josh Rosen or Sam darnold ,starting b4 u know it,…scenario,bills open in n.England,go to Atlanta,..come home for games against t.bay..go too kc,and Carolina…bye bye bills,3/13…..yeaaaaa,finally a qb…..from pac10….we do real gd w those…lol.see(rob Johnson)

  18. joetoronto says: Mar 14, 2017 11:07 AM

    The denial here is off the hook, the guy isn’t an NFL QB and never will be.

    He’s never won a game for the Bills and you know why?

    Because he’s incapable.

  19. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 14, 2017 11:10 AM

    If Tyrod can start in this league then so can Osweiler.

  20. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Mar 14, 2017 11:15 AM

    Tyrod’s passing numbers are much better when he has healthy receivers. Last year, Watkins & Woods only played 3 games together. At one point they were down 6 receivers due to injuries. He is being paid what he is worth.

  21. shlort says: Mar 14, 2017 11:17 AM

    He is a checkdown guy who is nervous in the pocket. That isn’t going to generate wins.

  22. rondayne says: Mar 14, 2017 11:21 AM

    Stiller43 says:
    Mar 14, 2017 10:06 AM

    2. 6k yards and 37 tds in 29 games? Thats an average of 200 yds/g and JUST over 1 TD a game. That SCREAMS replacement level/backup qb numbers.
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    I don’t think you can just look at his passing numbers in a vacuum, with how much he contributes to the run game you need to consider that as well. Just like Cam Newton, you wouldn’t simply look at passing stats, you look at the entirety of his offensive production.

    Because he is such a running threat, I think the more accurate way to look at his production is to call it 7200 yards, 47 TDs, and 15 turnovers over 29 games. That comes out to 248 total yards, 1.6 TDs, and 0.5 turnovers per game.

    Those are not replacement level/backup QB numbers. They are also not elite franchise QB numbers. They are game manager numbers. In terms of quality, I think he is most comparable to Alex Smith.

    Over the last 2 seasons Alex Smith has started 31 games. He is a running threat as well, so combining rushing and passing production, Smith has roughly 7630 yards, 42 TDs, 19 turnovers. That comes out to 246 yards, 1.4 TDs, and 0.6 turnovers per game.

    These numbers are across the board worse than Tyrod by a small amount, yet everyone considers Alex Smith to be a solid game manager who the Chiefs were crazy to think about replacing with Tony Romo, and Tyrod Taylor is a backup QB. They are both average, game managing QBs who can win with the right teams around them. KC has obviously a better team around the QB than Buffalo, which I think is why the perception of Tyrod is what it is. But he is a solid, middle of the pack starting QB. When you consider the dearth of QBs in the NFL and the money being thrown around to bad options at the position, I think the Bills got themselves a very good deal.

  23. gizzmonic says: Mar 14, 2017 11:23 AM

    Between the Bills and Jets, the 2017 Patriots already have a 4 game lead in the AFC east.
    Somebody step up and at least make an effort.
    Its fun when the home town team wins, but not against scrubs.

  24. unclebluck says: Mar 14, 2017 11:30 AM

    iammrbinky says:
    Mar 14, 2017 10:23 AM
    Fair price for a guy that manages a game. He’s built to play with a running offense and a lead. In those circumstances he’s an asset. He’s not a guy that is going to win games throwing the ball. The Raiders debacle showed what happens when you need to rely his arm.

    Go check the second Miami game last season and get back to me on that…..Tyrod’s not a problem. The defense was the problem….and of course the #schmuckcoach & his #Fatsister….

  25. weepingjebus says: Mar 14, 2017 11:40 AM

    He deserved 10 years, $190 million. Renegotiate next year, TT.

  26. eroschmidt says: Mar 14, 2017 11:43 AM

    So far this off season it’s the only position that the Bills have addressed that has not degenerated. Tyrod Taylor is an exciting QB, that has demenstrated he is capable of leading a playoff caliber offense.

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    The only position that has not degenerated?!!! You mean, besides safety, o line, kicker and fullback too – right? Those positions are all better than they were roster wise from week 17.

  27. tylawspick6 says: Mar 14, 2017 11:47 AM

    Which deal is worse? Glennon to the Bears at 15 or this one?

  28. piazza5987 says: Mar 14, 2017 11:56 AM

    I know how pats fan feels that beating up on Miami,buff,jets…is getting boring,..it’s there time..PERIOD… bills did same thing in 90;s….it gets old…I was obsessed w football then,not so much anymore…..thinks it’s all the rule changes,…GOODELL has ruined this league…no kick returns,no dancing,no fun…hard to b held up for 3 hrs too watch vanilla

  29. badmoonrison says: Mar 14, 2017 12:06 PM

    I shoulda been a mediocre quarterback in life.

  30. bigbenisabigbaby says: Mar 14, 2017 12:17 PM

    Lot of money for a guy named after a car part.

  31. rooog8 says: Mar 14, 2017 12:40 PM

    gizzmonic says:
    Mar 14, 2017 11:23 AM
    Between the Bills and Jets, the 2017 Patriots already have a 4 game lead in the AFC east.
    Somebody step up and at least make an effort.
    Its fun when the home town team wins, but not against scrubs.
    ———————————————————————

    You forgot Miami, that is 6-0 for the Pats.

    Sincerely,
    A Bills fan

  32. EJ says: Mar 14, 2017 1:03 PM

    Taylor has a 14-14 record.
    511 of 816 for 6,058 yards passing at 62.6% completion… 37 TD’s & 12 INT’s (7.4yd/att) (94.2 QBR) 199 rushes for 1148 yards at 5.8yd/att & 10 td’s.

    So 47 total touchdowns in 29 total games… that’s pretty damn good if you ask me! Only 12 interceptions, which is extremely low. Pair that with the NFL’s top rushing attack and you have a potent offense.

    IMO, the Bills got a good deal with this contract and Taylor made off well too considering he will be able to test FA while he is still relatively (29) young.

    If the Bills bring in another weapon at receiver like Mike Williams from Clemson, then Taylor will flourish.

  33. joma1969 says: Mar 14, 2017 1:16 PM

    “Go check the second Miami game last season and get back to me on that…..Tyrod’s not a problem.”

    So you can count on two good passing games out of Tyrod a year. Sounds like a keeper!

    Tyrod isn’t the problem, but he’s not the answer either. The Bills are likely looking at another near .500 record next year with Tyrod. Seems like this would have been as good a year as any to play for the draft pick and hopefully a legit QB, but the GM is busy trying to save his job. So what’s more likely to happen is the Bills miss the playoffs yet again, Whaley gets canned, and they tear it down next year. Let’s hope Darnold stays in school for another year and the Bills have a shot at him in 2019…

  34. joma1969 says: Mar 14, 2017 1:19 PM

    “If the Bills bring in another weapon at receiver like Mike Williams from Clemson, then Taylor will flourish.”

    Either that or he’ll be wide open all game long and Taylor will never throw the ball to him…kinda like Charles Clay.

  35. nclrbrt says: Mar 14, 2017 5:46 PM

    $15M per season is about average for a starting QB in the NFL. Tyrod is about an average NFL QB. What’s the issue?

  36. cterrito2014 says: Mar 14, 2017 6:18 PM

    The issue is size. Not HIS size but the size of the field. He is a 1/3 of the field QB. The side he runs too. Doesn’t throw in the seams. Hardly uses the middle of the field negating our TE’s. That’s my ISSUE.

  37. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 16, 2017 10:50 AM

    He’s not bad at all but teams do have more film on him now.. Let’s see if his QBR drops again..

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