Doug Whaley: We didn’t want to get “greedy” with Tyrod Taylor deal

AP

Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has a new contract with the team that reportedly tacks five years onto the one year left on his initial contract and could pay him $90 million or more if he plays out the entire deal.

The agreement came after months of talk on both sides about wanting to extend the working relationship, a desire that seemed to be hindered by the uncertainty that comes with Taylor having just one year as a starter under his belt. In a conference call after the deal was announced, General Manager Doug Whaley said that talks heated up in the last couple of weeks and that the Bills decided going with what they know about Taylor was preferable to waiting to see if someone else was available after the season.

“We looked at it as we have a quarterback now and I hate to say it, but [for] lack of a better term, we didn’t want to be greedy,” Whaley said, via the Buffalo News. “We like working with Tyrod, we have faith in Tyrod, the coaching staff has faith in Tyrod, but most importantly, the team has faith in Tyrod and Tyrod has faith in himself. So we said, ‘Let’s go with what we have in hand,’ and we’re excited about the future.”

The full details of the deal will show any outs the Bills have if they decide that Taylor isn’t the right person for the entire life of the contract, something Whaley hinted at by saying it is “a deal that can keep him with us for as long as he can keep performing at a high level.” At the moment, though, the G.M. says it is the “right time and right deal” for both sides.

43 responses to “Doug Whaley: We didn’t want to get “greedy” with Tyrod Taylor deal

  1. Rumor has it there’s a $2 million performance incentive if he can get both Ryan brothers fired.

  2. It’s a great move, smart money deal. It still only makes him like 22 or 23 on the list of top paid QBs. Taylor was the 7th rated passer in the NFL last year. Plus, they have a 2 year out clause. This is not the same mistake they made with Fitz. Great deal for both sides.

  3. that’s a great way to look at it….he may not be elite but many teams are worse of than they are at the QB position

  4. Best Bills’ QB since Jim Kelly and a relative bargain versus market, options for the team to vacate as well so it’s awesome.

  5. I’m not a huge fan of him, but he’s clearly better than any other option, and it’s not like they paid him 25M/year or something. Not a bad deal. Plus if he’s awful Rex can just have IK break his jaw.

  6. Good QB. Good deal for both sides. Occasionally, Whaley gets it right……..occasionally……

  7. I just don’t see why they couldn’t wait until the end of the season and then tag him and work out a deal.. He still has a lot to prove. He needs to stop staring down his receivers, he needs to stay healthy, and we don’t know yet if he was a product of teams having no game film on him. Can he adjust? nobody knows except Bills fans apparently.

  8. Woof. Just “okay” enough for your team to be mediocre.

    May lead an elite team deep in the playoffs, but likely won’t ever amount to anything without an elite supporting cast.

  9. Did you see Flutie play?? Bledsoe had one awesome season with Buffalo too
    ________________

    Best Bills’ QB since Jim Kelly and a relative bargain versus market, options for the team to vacate as well so it’s awesome.

  10. It’s a pretty smart deal from the reports I’m seeing. If he doesn’t perform well they have an out at year 4. If he does perform well they have a starting QB(finally) at a relatively fair price. He’s got the talent around him with Watkins and a pretty talented group of RBS and a strong run game. If the D can step up this is most definitely a 10 win team.

  11. “I dunno, Earl, this tie rod looks pretty cheap and fragile”
    “Well, it’s better than nuthin, Doug, you ain’t goin nowhere with the wheel wobblin’ like that. Longs you don’t make a sudden turn, stay off bumpy roads, and don’t go over 30 mph it’ll getcha by. Tell ya what, we’ll put it in for full price and a bit. This week only…”.

  12. akfinfan says:
    Aug 12, 2016 4:07 PM
    One year wonder.
    ——————–

    College, multiple years as backup in Baltimore, a full year of NFL experience. If you wait for any more evidence that he is a top 10 QB, he’ll be signing with another team.

  13. This is why the Pats will win the AFCE every year even after Brady and BB leave.

    Teams just don’t get it.

    The only way this contract would be justified is waiting for another year, having it for fewer years to see more of this mediocre QB develop more OR if he actually did well without a massive commitment to a running game.

    The red flag with him is if Buffalo couldn’t run the ball very well last year, which was rare, he sucked.

    This is a passing league and he’s not a very good passer.

    My goodness is Rex Ryan delusional.

  14. Funniest comment on PFT today :

    bobthebillsfan says,

    Good for him. Now there should be no distractions and the focus will be on winning.

    Now that was funny !

  15. mrmcdougle says:
    Aug 12, 2016 4:15 PM
    akfinfan says:
    Aug 12, 2016 4:07 PM
    One year wonder.
    ——————–

    College, multiple years as backup in Baltimore, a full year of NFL experience. If you wait for any more evidence that he is a top 10 QB, he’ll be signing with another team.
    ———-
    Top 10??? Are you insane?

  16. thegreatgabbert says:
    Aug 12, 2016 3:31 PM
    Haha, the Tiny Tie Rod gets overpaid. He was never more than a replacement part.

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    From someone named “The Great Gabbert”, no less. The Bills can opt out after this year if he’s bad. Everyone claiming “this is why the Bills suck”, please inform us what better QBs were available for the taking.

  17. Re: tylawspick6

    Tyrod was one of the best rated downfield passers in the league last year. He was #5 in yards per attempt. #7 in passer rating. #5 in yards per completion. #5 in INT percentage. #15 in completion percentage, but ahead of Newton, Rodgers, Carr, Eli.

    All this as a first year starter.

    No guarantee he’s good long term, but saying he’s not a very good passer just doesn’t make a lot of sense.

  18. Taylor played well last year. And did so under Rex who is one of the single worst head coaches at developing QBs. Rex has been toxic in that respect.

    Now Taylor’s got his money, he has to prove he’s more than a one hit wonder. If he does this is a very good deal for the Bills. If he doesn’t they can cut him loose in a year or two and most likely be no worse off than if they had dumped him and gone another direction now.

  19. With an opt out after each season, even the Bills know he’s not a franchise QB, nor a long term fix.

    After Wrecks is fired, the new guy can cut ties with the gimmick QB at any time.

    Rebuilding every single year has to suck.

  20. billswillnevermove says:
    Aug 12, 2016 3:12 PM
    It’s a great move, smart money deal. It still only makes him like 22 or 23 on the list of top paid QBs. Taylor was the 7th rated passer in the NFL last year. Plus, they have a 2 year out clause. This is not the same mistake they made with Fitz. Great deal for both sides.
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    kgun80 says:
    Aug 12, 2016 4:03 PM
    It’s a pretty smart deal from the reports I’m seeing. If he doesn’t perform well they have an out at year 4. If he does perform well they have a starting QB(finally) at a relatively fair price. He’s got the talent around him with Watkins and a pretty talented group of RBS and a strong run game. If the D can step up this is most definitely a 10 win team.
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    whoareyoutoquestionme says:
    Aug 12, 2016 4:24 PM
    Terrible deal for Tyrod. It’s a year by year pay as you go. Nothing guaranteed. Team can opt out at end of each year, nothing further owed. His agent should be fired.
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    Sooooo what is it Bills fans? You guys stuck with him for one? Two? Four years, if he doesn’t work out?

  21. Patriot fans seem pretty interested in this news. I bet you miss the days of Losman, Edwards and EJ. Tyrod will give the pats and the rest of the league a challenge as long as the D does it’s part.

  22. LOL, with all the negative trolls, I just have to feel that they’re a bit scared of the Bills. We have our NE, Fins, and Jets trolls (They’re legit because they’re in our division), then we have the idiot from Toronto. (No team to root for, so he spends his drinking hours trolling). Other team trolls just make me laugh. The more trolls we get, the better I feel 🙂

  23. First year QBs

    D. Carr. 16g, 58%, 3270, 21td, 12 ints, 76.6 rt
    R. Wilson 16g, 64%, 3118, 26tds, 10ints, 100rt
    T.Taylor 14g, 63.7%, 3035, 20tds,6ints, 99.4rt

    Cmon man!!!! Stop the hate, the kid can ball.

  24. @tylawspic6

    Not sure you understand the game old timer. Times have changed, they don’t sell penny candy anymore.

    He was solid and they gave him a contract as such. If he hit the market or franchise tag, they’d be really up against it. Tyrod has done and said everything asked, I don’t get all the butt hurt feelings out there. Sure it’s great to have a top flight qb, but they don’t grow on trees.

  25. @thegreatgabbert

    Wow! You must be so funny in real life! You’re coworkers and family must just laugh and laugh at your incredible wit. Lucky them huh?!

  26. People who root for other teams will say you over paid and doomed the franchise. I know this because I’m A Seahawks fan and it’s what they said about Russell Wilson just last year. Now his deal is seen as a bargain to those who have watched him play 17+ games a year for tha last four seasons.

  27. Anyone that says Tyrod Taylor sucks is either uninformed when it comes to football or a pure hater.

    Taylor was in the top 10 in most categories for 2015 as basically a rookie, especially being that he was in year one…

    With a little better play from the Defense in 2015, Taylor could have easily had a 10-4 or 11-3 record as a starter instead of 8-6.

    He is a Franchise Quarterback and will prove it this season.

  28. If anybody’s gonna save Rex’s job for another season,
    it’s gonna take Tyrod & the defense… now IF Rob blows up that defense ( like he did in Dallas & New Orleans ) –
    then he better stay healthy, cause EJ ain’t gonna do it & will be long season battling Miami…..for the AFC East cellar !

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