The clock is now ticking on Tyrod Taylor’s guaranteed money

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Usually, the interests of a player and a team are aligned when the player has surgery. The mutual goal is to get the player healthy as soon as possible. As it relates to the hernia surgery performed on Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor, the interests of the player don’t mesh with the interests of the team.

Under his current contract, Taylor has $27.5 million in payments guaranteed for injury. If he’s on the roster on the fourth day of the 2017 league year, the payment becomes fully guaranteed.

If Taylor’s injury heals slowly enough to prevent him from passing a physical before the fourth day of the 2017 league year, Taylor would become entitled to $27.5 million, because the Bills wouldn’t be able to cut him before the full guarantee vests. If he passes a physical before the fourth day of the 2017 league year, the Bills can cut Taylor and avoid any and all further financial obligation to him.

The Bills quite possibly will try to cut Taylor even if he hasn’t passed a physical. Taylor, through the NFL Players Association, would argue that Taylor is still entitled to receive the money.

It’s also possible that team doctors will deem Taylor healthy enough to pass a physical and Taylor’s doctors will disagree, setting the stage for a legal fight with $27.5 million riding on the outcome.

The Bills would be entitled to an offset for any money Taylor earns elsewhere, but it’s highly unlikely that some other team will give Taylor the same package that he’ll receive if he’s on Buffalo’s roster on the fourth day of the league year.

Bottom line? Buffalo has 27.5 million reasons to see Taylor heal by the middle of March, and Taylor has 27.5 million reasons not to.

17 responses to “The clock is now ticking on Tyrod Taylor’s guaranteed money

  1. Whatever happened to the Bills of the 90’s? They knew how to run an organization. I’d have that samurai ice dancer jump on my legs every single day for $27M!

  2. Taylor should have waited longer to have the surgery. While he is trying to play for another team, the money would be hard to pass up.

  3. OR just keep Tyrod as your QB next season because he’s the best QB the bills have had in a while and there aren’t that many suitable replacements out there.

  4. Frankly I don’t get it. Taylor is a good QB who could be even better with a decent organization and competent coaching staff. They still would need a QB and E.J. Manuel is no NFL team’s answer.

  5. 47 total tds, with a dozen turnovers in the two years he has been there. thats pretty damn good. i dont think he will win you a game, but he definitely isnt going to lose one as he takes care of the ball very well. he is like a a quicker alex smith and theres nothing wrong with that. Not everyone is this league is Brady or Rodgers.

  6. I’m happy to see the reasonable comments here making a fair evaluation of what they have in Taylor. The contract seemed structured in such a way to encourage them to cut him if he’s anything less than elite, but he’s showed himself to be more than adequate as a QB- at least to the extent that an upgrade will not be easy and would be just as expensive or a total crapshoot.

  7. The only questions that need to be asked are who negotiated this contract? What leverage did Taylor have to get this kind of money from the jills? Did he win a Heisman trophy that no one knows about? Did he start and play well for another NFL team before coming to barfalo? Does Doug Whaley even know what his cap hit will be for next season? He sure doesn’t know anything else that’s going on in barfalo.

  8. Seriously, the health of this young boy is all that matters. I am making him home baked cookies as we speak. Marv, will you turn down the guest bed please?

    Mrs. Marv Levy

  9. He’s basically a running back that can throw a nice deep ball. He can’t throw a 15 out or see TEs running open 20 yards down the seam.
    Rex got fired for going 7-8 w a team full of injured starters. Whaley should be fired for this contract, especially since Taylor was already under a much cheaper contract when this one was signed.

  10. Two things. Keep Taylor for now. He has proven to be a decent quarterback so far. It would be nice to see him play with a healthy offense. Also, do any of us Bills fan really trust Whaley at this point to “draft a franchise qb?” Too much turnover in terms of personnel. They lead the league in unrestricted free agents making it hard for anyone to get into a groove when you don’t even know who you’re throwing the ball to next season. Second all of these people saying who would go to Buffalo to coach? Really? You find me one coach in the NFL who doesn’t aspire to be a head coach of any team at some point in their career. There are only 32 of them and I think most would jump at the opportunity even if Pegula and Whaley are incompetents. Besides its a league of retreads. You never really get fired.

  11. Whaley put the Bills in a bad position with this ill structured contract. Taylor is the best available option but the Bills have 20 plus free agents and only 25 mil in cap space. It’s not really a question of whether or not he’s good enough as much as they won’t be able to put a solid team around him which is what he needs to win.

  12. This is exactly why you don’t extend a player’s contract based on a small sample set. The Bills had any number of options on the table, yet they chose to handcuff themselves with a huge contract containing questionable guarantee clauses.

    They could have let Taylor play out the 2016 season on his original contract and franchised him in 2017 for a lot less money than they are currently on the hook for with this new deal, similar to how Washington handled Kirk Cousins.

    Wait … when did Washington become the model franchise for handling contracts???

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