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Bills Benching Tyrod Taylor & Starting EJ Manuel At QB In Week 17

Adam Schefter reports that the ‪Bills are planning to bench QB Tyrod Taylor for their regular season finale against the Jets and start EJ Manuel.

According to Schefter, this is just a business decision for the Bills to prevent them from being at risk of guaranteeing Taylor the $30.75 million left on his contract if he were to suffer a significant injury.

This actually makes a lot of sense for the Bills, considering the amount of money they would owe Taylor and the fact that they no longer have anything to play for this season.

Taylor, 27, is a former sixth-round pick of the Ravens back in 2011. After four years in Baltimore, the Bills signed him to a three-year, $3.35 million contract that included just $1.2 million guaranteed last year.

However, the third year of his contract actually voided after he surpassed the snap limit last year. The Bills later signed him to six-year, $92 million contract but the deal is really a one-year, $9.5 million agreement with a $15.5 million option on 2017 to go along with a $12 million base salary

In 2016, Taylor has thrown for 3,023 yards while completing 61.7 percent of his passes to go along with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Taylor has added 469 yards rushing and six touchdowns on the ground. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.

Manuel, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Bills back in 2013. He’s in the final year of his four-year, $8,885,300 contract and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2017.

This year, Manuel has appeared in five games and thrown for 45 yards while completing 33.3 percent of his passes to go along with no touchdowns or interceptions.