Bills and Tyrod Taylor talking about extension, possibly before season

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The Bills haven’t made any progress on a long-term contract for cornerback Stephon Gilmore, but they apparently have when it comes to an extension for quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the possibility of a deal for Taylor before the start of the season is real.

A source said the team and Taylor’s reps were talking “relatively frequently,” as they pursue a contract.

What makes the efforts interesting is the short time Taylor has produced as a starter (14 games), and the hot seat all his bosses seem to be sitting on. With many thinking Bills coach Rex Ryan is out if they don’t make the playoffs, a long-term commitment to a skill player with a distinctly Ryan style is a bit of a risk.

But all Taylor has to point to is the sight-unseen $18 million-a-year deal Brock Osweiler got in Houston for half as many starts to justify a deal.

And it sounds like there’s at least a chance that gets done.

27 responses to “Bills and Tyrod Taylor talking about extension, possibly before season

  1. These are the deals that kill teams for years. He’s an unproven player and should be paid a such. He’s a long way from a “payday”

  2. Get it done now! He’s going to kil it this year and cost us 5MIL additional per year if we wait.

  3. This regime has been smart to let players walk such as Byrd, Levitre, and get Dareus signed long term, still working on Gilmore. Last time Bills signed a QB long-term with a small sample size was Fitz and you saw how that turned out. Don’t get me wrong I think TT is a good NFL QB but to base it off of one season? I’m apprehensive.

  4. Yeah, like the extension the Bills signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to after like three good games before tanking the rest of the season.

    Let Tyrod play the season, then we’ll talk.

  5. This would be a mistake. He needs to prove that he can play the position ( not only run) and stay healthy. If those to things click he is a good one, but they are a long way from that. Extended him for 2 years and if he is still all that bite the bullet and pay him top dollar

  6. He showed more the Osweiler did last year and for a longer stretch. I get not wanting to invest on such a small sample size, but even if he produces the exact same as he did last year, then he’s going to cost them more money than what he would cost right now and they risk losing out on him completely.

  7. He’s done enough to earn a mid-sized contract. I’m not a Bills fan, but I’d be optimistic if I were.

  8. It’s funny how this story almost coincides with the Fitz signing. First, when the Bills signed Fitz, he did not have a small sample size. He had been in the league, started in the league, and performed well, and poorly in the league. The Bills signed Fitz because we really didn’t have a choice. He over achieved. That whole roster over achieved. That is not the case with last seasons Bills. They under achieved. Pat him now with escalators. His numbers were incredibly solid for being hurt during, and also missing games. He’s growing with super stars. Not Stevie Johnson and David Nelson and any of the practice squad players we had on our roster in 2011. It just needs to be a contract that’s easy to cut bait on. That’s all. He deserves a raise. Show him we have faith he can lead us, because he will. This squad stays healthy? They can make some noise.

  9. This would be a mistake. He needs to prove that he can play the position ( not only run) and stay healthy. If those to things click he is a good one, but they are a long way from that. Extended him for 2 years and if he is still all that bite the bullet and pay him top dollar

    He threw 20 TDs 6 ints, completed 63.7% of his passes, 3035 yards and finished 7th in QB rating. It’s not as if he lined up in the wildcat and ran the ball 10 times a game

  10. winstonjed44 says:
    Jul 28, 2016 9:49 AM
    He showed more the Osweiler did last year and for a longer stretch. I get not wanting to invest on such a small sample size, but even if he produces the exact same as he did last year, then he’s going to cost them more money than what he would cost right now and they risk losing out on him completely.

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    He showed what exactly…..that he could not take a team into the postseason…..again? Sure thing….pay the man!

  11. I just think it’s dangerous to wait. One year doesn’t prove you can consistently produce, but the danger is that if he does, he’s going to cost significantly more because he’s on the free market and other teams will be bidding for him, and the franchise tag with be north of $20 M next year so it’s going to strain the cap. So the Bills are in a tough position, take a leap of faith for a guy who produced a really solid year in his first year of starting, or wait and risk having to pay a lot more or lose the guy in free agency.

  12. He showed what exactly…..that he could not take a team into the postseason…..again? Sure thing….pay the man!

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    Is he the only player on the team? If the team doesn’t make the playoffs does that mean the QB is not good or that’s only his doing? He was in his first year of starting. I wasn’t even saying he was a good or great qb, I simply said he produced and showed more promise than Brock Osweiler over a longer stretch, because Osweiler was mentioned in the article.

  13. ampats says:
    Jul 28, 2016 10:41 AM
    Please sign him to a long term contract ! As the rest of the AFCE celebrates!

    I’d take him over Garaffalo or whatever his name is, any day!!!

  14. Good player hes definitely showed he can play based off last year. Not top 10 but in the middle range of QBs and with them so scarce in the league the Bills should he happy with him as their guy

  15. Signing Tyrod pre-season will be a good move for the Bills. Then they can take a wait and see approach on Stephon Gilmore, as they watch rookie, 7th round pick Kevin Seymour develop into a nickel corner, then starter. Gilmore will become expendable with Seymour’s development.

    This draft will go down as one of the best in Bills history. More than likely will produce 4 defensive starters in Lawson, Ragland, Washington and Seymour.

  16. Id say he exceeded expectations last year. He looked end like a QB with promise that just needs more experience. Add on 2 years at like $12 mil per year.

  17. The Bills can sign him now at a lower rate for little to no risk with a non-guaranteed contract. Makes sense to lock him up for a few years if they can do it for less than Brock’s deal.

  18. So a lot of these comments our straight on,which shows the intelligence of bills fans. Cause normally a guy plays good/great sometimes and fans our all in,I happen to be a 49ers fan,the fact is Kap played awesome much better then Taylor. For 2 seasons and fact is niners screwed up,now I still believe in kap but I wish we had waited to sign him to his contract,now kap was great in the fact it is a team friendly deal and if he was still playing like 12 & 13 Kap we would have a great deal. Taylor seems a lot like Kaps playing style now we could blame kaps down fall on mental and say Taylor may be stronger mental. But it also could be that the league caught up with kap and could do same with Taylor,anyway I would say absolutely wait till we see what Taylor does,with the league on to him. Hats off to bills fans being smart and knowing it’s a little better to wait and pay more then pay upper middle range and be stuck with it.

  19. Pay the man. Extend his contract. Break him off a little sumpin’, you know, for the boys. Load it with performance bonuses. Gilmore’s contract is going to be a bear.

    Also, get used to the idea that Rex’s continued employment does not depend on the team making the playoffs this year. This is their guy, not a hold over. They looked under every rock and tree, interviewed every available warm body, and did their due diligence before making this decision. He will be given the time to put his team together.

    If they totally fall apart, have a player mutiny, and lose 11, 12, 13 games, then sure, he’ll be gone.

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