Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported Friday on Good Morning Football that the Bills’ decision to hire Rick Dennison as their new offensive coordinator could be good news for QB Tyrod Taylor returning to Buffalo next year.
“For Tyrod Taylor, who some people assume is gone from Buffalo, this is pretty good news. Because this was the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore when Tyrod Taylor was the back to Joe Flacco…so there is a lot of familiarity here,” Rapoport said. “It would make no sense if the Bills hired Rick Dennison and got rid of Tyrod Taylor, one of the reasons (Dennison) signed there. So do not be surprised if Taylor is back, maybe on some sort of restructured contract for cap reasons. But this is very good news for the Bills’ starter.”
Multiple reports have said that the Bills are likely to move on from Taylor and decline his option.
Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Bills’ decision to bench Taylor for their season finale against the Jets sent a clear message that the team does not intend to pick up his $15.5 million option bonus by March 11.
Schefter added that the Bills have no intention whatsoever of playing Taylor the $30.75 million that would be guaranteed by picking up his option and are instead planning to move on from Taylor, despite the fact that he’s actually improved their offense quite a bit since he was signed a few years ago.
Taylor elected to undergo surgery on hip a few weeks ago, which could put the Bills in a tough position if he can’t pass a physical by March, as his injury guarantees would kick in.
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.
We’ll have more regarding Taylor and his future with the Bills as the news is available.