Cutting Tyrod Taylor not in Bills’ plans at this point

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The Bills owe quarterback Tyrod Taylor a $6 million roster bonus if he’s on the roster on the third day of the new league year and a report last week indicated that they aren’t planning to cut him to avoid that payout.

Coach Sean McDermott did nothing to dispute that report when he met with reporters in Indianapolis on Wednesday. McDermott said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, that it is “way too early to take anything off the table” in regard to what they’ll do at quarterback, but left a pretty big caveat on the table.

“Other than cutting [Taylor] at this point, which is not in our plans,” McDermott said.

The Bills could still trade Taylor after paying the $6 million bonus — $1 million of which is guaranteed even if Taylor is cut loose — and they could also hold onto him if they draft a quarterback to go with Nathan Peterman on the depth chart. The latter would mean an $18 million cap hit, but they may yet prove to be the best option available to the Bills for the 2018 season.

31 responses to “Cutting Tyrod Taylor not in Bills’ plans at this point

  1. Honestly, with all the teams looking for QB’s, and a weak draft class, keeping him next season is a good move. There isn’t anyone better out there without breaking the bank.

  2. A QB who only led TWO touchdown drives in the SEVEN games against teams that made the playoffs this season isn’t a QB who is worth keeping on the roster. The Bills need someone who can actually pass the ball, not disappear when his team needs him to step up with his arm.

  3. Bills for years: “We are going to cut this guy the first chance we get. We really don’t like him, but he’s our only option.”

    (Free agency approaches, teams add Tyrod to their lists of potential free agents.)

    Bills now: “Ummmm, actually we really like him and are going to keep him. But we’ll totally take every single trade offer seriously, as long as you promise to pay his entire salary. Oh and include as many draft picks as possible, because we totally don’t want to cut Tyrod.”

  4. The Bills need to improve at QB, pure and simple. Taylor is good but not great and might have reached his ceiling. Yes, he would be a very good backup on a team whose offense paired well with his skills. There are teams interested in him. Not cutting Taylor at this point seems prudent but it isn’t because he is the long-term guy.

  5. @Jon R says:
    A QB who only led TWO touchdown drives in the SEVEN games against teams that made the playoffs this season isn’t a QB who is worth keeping on the roster. The Bills need someone who can actually pass the ball, not disappear when his team needs him to step up with his arm.
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    No doubt he will have to play better and be more consistent. However, the same can be said for his pass catchers. The revamped WR core is the worst he’s had.

  6. I gave you a thumbs down. He was the QB but he did not lead us to the playoffs. The whole team played well enough to overcome his deficiency. FG’s do not lead you anywhere. FG drives became his norm late last season. No leading there.

  7. The Bills will set themselves back another 10 yrs searching for a so called franchise qb…..Sign Tyrod to a long term deal, get a real number 1 WR, another RB to compliment shady, and a pro bowl safety and this team can go deep into the playoffs….

  8. joetoronto says:
    February 28, 2018 at 11:34 am
    That’s not a QB, but he’s great in Buffalo.

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    Joe, unlike the $25M QB on your team who after flailing all year and watching the playoffs from his couch, Tyrod actually managed to take his team to the postseason last year.

  9. joetoronto says:

    February 28, 2018 at 11:34 am

    That’s not a QB, but he’s great in Buffalo.
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    He best Carr and the Raiders last year. Just lose baby.

  10. Tyrod is a quality person who is dedicated and loyal. He’ll be great on a team that’s in rebuilding mode or needs someone to keep their team on track until their #1 gets healthy or is acquired. Not for a team looking to advance in the playoffs.

  11. sevenwords says:
    February 28, 2018 at 10:23 am
    Honestly, with all the teams looking for QB’s, and a weak draft class, keeping him next season is a good move. There isn’t anyone better out there without breaking the bank.
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    Weak draft class, really? I consider this to be one of the deeper QB drafts in a while. By my account, 4 high end prospects. All of which will likely be gone by the Miami #11 pick.

  12. Why not just cut him, save the $6m and then re-sign him to a better deal? No way another team is going to swoop in and sign him to big bucks, so the Bills are only negotiating against themselves – which they’ll probably find a way to lose as well.

  13. T-Mobile is the man baby!! Best QB the Bills have had this Millennium!!

    If they oust him they will be cursed for EVER!! Oh wait….

  14. Never underestimate the effect of a team believing in, or not believing in, their QB. I believe a lot of good QBs never get off the ground, performance-wise, because their teams don’t support them and waffle too much.

    Maybe people who criticize Taylor are right. I think it’s more likely that we haven’t seen his best in part because his team is so openly tepid about him.

  15. And, I don’t plan to lose on all of my power ball lotto tickets…but the odds are against the Bills and me…

  16. they just made the playoffs for the first time in a long while, and there are “better” quarterbacks out there who missed the playoffs last season. These better quarterbacks include Russell Wilson, Andy Dalton, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco and Derek Carr. All of these better quarterbacks made more money than Tyrod Taylor. They are ready to dump him? Smart, very smart.

  17. omeimontis says:
    February 28, 2018 at 3:08 pm
    they just made the playoffs for the first time in a long while, and there are “better” quarterbacks out there who missed the playoffs last season. These better quarterbacks include Russell Wilson, Andy Dalton, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco and Derek Carr. All of these better quarterbacks made more money than Tyrod Taylor. They are ready to dump him? Smart, very smart.

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    Andy Dalton and Derek Carr are not “better” QBs than Tyrod Taylor…..especially given their relative compensations.

  18. Let’s be a little fair to Nathan. Not played all yr. put in on an away game with a 3 hr time change against a decent team! I think he has a lot of talent. He Has a way better arm than TT. One game should not be his entire assessment. I think Sean sees this and I bet he ends up surprising everyone

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