Bills GM Doug Whaley mentioned during an interview with WGR 550 on Friday that they will give QB Tyrod Taylor the season before evaluating whether they think he can be their starting quarterback long-term.
“No, no, no,” Whaley said when asked if any decision had been made about retaining Taylor for 2017, via ESPN.com. “We’ve said from Day 1 that we’re going to give him this whole season, and after that, we’ll sit down with the coaches, the ownership group and make the decision.”
“You got to look at the whole season,” Whaley said. “He’s got four more games to write this chapter. And then after this season, like everybody on the team, we’re going to do the evaluation, and we’ll go from there. But this season is one of those things where he’s done some things really good to get us to six wins. But just like everybody on the team, there are some plays that he wishes he could do over.”
On Thursday, Jason Cole of B/R reported that the Bills are still “unsure” about Taylor’s future with the team.
Cole mentions that Taylor’s accuracy has declined and the number of sacks he’s taken has increased but he admits that it could be attributed to a lack of talent around him.
Some within the Bills reportedly believe Taylor could be salvaged but Cole points out that Buffalo will owe Taylor $27.5 million in bonuses and salary next year and they could consider looking at alternatives quarterback options to invest that kind of money 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 2,292 yards while completing 60.6 percent of his passes to go along with 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Taylor has added 469 yards rushing and six touchdowns on the ground. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 20 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Taylor ‘s future with the Bills as the news is available.