Bills may be ready to spend $5 million to preserve the ability to trade Tyrod Taylor

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The moment the Bills benched quarterback Tyrod Taylor during the 2017 season, his days instantly became numbered. The Bills have become determined to find a franchise quarterback, and they have determined that Taylor won’t become a franchise quarterback.

But they’re apparently not willing to cut him, and for good reason. With a $6 million roster bonus due in mid-March ($1 million of which already is guaranteed), the Bills could pay the bonus, bide their time, and wait for someone to offer value for Taylor after the dust settles on free agency and the draft.

If quarterbacks are chairs and NFL teams are butts, when the music stop there’s usually at least one team/butt that is looking for a place to sit. Enter the Bills, who after payment of the roster bonus will have Taylor under contract at a base salary of $10 million for 2018. That’s an attractive amount for a one-year dance with a starting-caliber quarterback.

The Bills don’t have to trade Taylor right away. If, as expected from the moment they benched Taylor, they use their pair of first-round picks to fuel a move to the top 10 and draft a quarterback, Taylor can start until the rookie is ready.

Meanwhile, the Bills can wait for an injury or some other circumstance to set the stage for a trade. If, in the end, they pick up a third- or second-round pick for him, it may be worth the $5 million they’ll pay; after all, the Browns essentially paid $16 million last year for a 2018 second-round pick, via the Brock Osweiler hot potato trade.

23 responses to “Bills may be ready to spend $5 million to preserve the ability to trade Tyrod Taylor

  1. Why? With all the QB’s available this year, who is going to look at Taylor and say “this guy is so much better than the other options, we have to drop a few picks to bring him in”

    If I was looking to trade for a QB, I wouldn’t even let anyone mention Taylor’s name until Foles was traded to another team

  2. sumkat says:
    February 23, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    Why? With all the QB’s available this year, who is going to look at Taylor and say “this guy is so much better than the other options, we have to drop a few picks to bring him in”

    If I was looking to trade for a QB, I wouldn’t even let anyone mention Taylor’s name until Foles was traded to another team
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    Tyrod Taylor is a much better quarterback than he’s given credit for. Everyone looks at stats when they look at a quarterback, but the only stat they should be judging is the W/L column, which was good enough to get the Bills into the Playoffs. Taylor wins games by playing mistake free football, so paired with a good defense he can be successful. There are a few teams that already have a solid D, but need a QB… one being the Cardinals, who have a good run game & strong receiving corps to boot… Taylor would do well there.

  3. Bills want to hold onto Tyrod long enough to find his replacement. They may pick up a draft pick after the music stops and some teams still don’t have a QB. The main reason for paying the signing bonus is so they won’t be that team. Tyrod is an insurance policy to keep from having to overpay in trade to move up or for a Free Agent.

  4. The Bills know if Denver doesn’t sign Cousins, Elway will trade for Taylor. Elway wanting a veteran QB is no secret and after Cousins is off the board, Taylor becomes the next best QB available.

  5. No one is going to trade for Taylor. It’s a fact. Why would they? Another fact… The Bills need to keep Taylor, at least another year. To ensure they have a viable QB option for 2018, and to tutor any QB they (hopefully) draft.

  6. “Enter the Bills, who after payment of the roster bonus will have Taylor under contract at a base salary of $10 million for 2018. That’s an attractive amount for a one-year dance with a starting-caliber quarterback.”

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    The glaring flaw in that logic is that Tierod will never be a starting caliber quarterback.
    I do hope the jills waste their two first round picks to move up and select their next monumental draft bust, though. That’s always funny as hell.

  7. askeddie11 says:
    February 23, 2018 at 8:48 pm
    I don’t see someone trading for a QB the Bills think isn’t good enough.
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    I agree with this now, but some quarterback will come down with a freak injury and that team will need a stop gap. The Bills would have to hold him through July and carry his cap space to get value for holding him. It’s also a bit unfair to Taylor to do that.

  8. only one word to describe a move like this: overthinking. they would be better spending their time deciding on their new quarterback than farting around over the last on in search of a draft pick that ultimately won’t be coming their way.

  9. Interesting how teams are spending money to gain draft picks. Even if it’s only a 4th round pick, if the owner is willing to spend $5 million to obtain that pick, that’s good news for the GM!

  10. any1mark says:
    February 23, 2018 at 8:09 pm
    I could see a Cleveland trade out of 4 for the first 2 rounders,& Taylor. If they use 1 on QB

    I doubt Taylor is on Dorsey’s radar screen, and with the potential of picking up a Barkley and a top ranked draft QB and the cash to pick up a veteran FA, I don’t see them trading out #4 either. Plus while I may not be overly sold on Cousins, people aren’t talking about him and Taylor in the same breath – in fact Taylor isn’t even mentioned in the crowd.

    Point is, I don’t think Dorsey is Sashi Brown. He understands the fan base is in a win now mode. Stockpiling picks isn’t going to work under his regime. Browns have plenty.

  11. “Even if it’s only a 4th round pick, if the owner is willing to spend $5 million to obtain that pick, that’s good news for the GM!”

    Problem is they’re not simply buying a potential draft pick for 5 million…they’re burning 5 mil in cap space to do it. 5 mil is probably more useful toward a FA or resigning than it is a mid to late round rookie pick.

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