According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bills’ decision to bench QB Tyrod 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.
Instead, Schefter says 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.
This is a complete surprise, considering that Jason La Canfora reported a few weeks ago the Bills actually made the decision to move on from Taylor weeks ago.
Taylor elected to undergo surgery on hip Wednesday, 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.