Bills QB Tyrod Taylor says he’s just focused on helping the team win more games in 2016, rather that his contract situation.
“The contract situation will play out. My mindset is to go out there and win games,” Taylor told James Walker of ESPN. “Do whatever it takes to win games, lead the guys, be the leader on the field, off the field and a commander. But I’m not necessarily focused on the contract. I can’t control that. … I’ve always been one that focuses on the things I can control, and that’s going to be my preparation and how I go out there and play. I’ll let everything else take care of itself.”
Taylor added that he has a similar skill set to 2015 MVP Cam Newton and is confident in his game.
“Our skill sets are similar,” Taylor said. “Do I believe I can be potentially an NFL MVP? I definitely have the confidence in my game. But I just gotta take it one game at a time. I definitely see the growth from last year to this spring. I just gotta continue to take steps forward and perfect my game.”
Taylor has plenty to play for in 2016, as he’s entering the final year of his contract and figures to be in line for a significant raise next year.
A few weeks ago, Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 Buffalo reportedthat the Bills and Taylor are open to an in-season extension.
A source familiar with the situation told Capaccio that the two parties have continued to discuss an extension, but it’s unlikely they’ll have a deal in place before the start of the 2016 season.
Bills GM Doug Whaley confirmed previously that they plan to work on new deals for Taylor and CB Stephon Gilmore in the coming months. Reports from Bills offseason workouts have said that Taylor has really stood out during the workouts.
Taylor, 26, signed a three-year, $3.35 million contract that included just $1.2 million guaranteed with the Bills back in March of last year. However, the third year of his contract actually voided after he surpassed the snap limit included in the agreement last year.
In 2015, Taylor threw for 3,035 yards passing while completing 63.7 percent of his passes to go along with 20 touchdowns and six interceptions. Taylor has also contributed 568 yards rushing and four rushing touchdowns over the course of 14 games.
Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 9 quarterback out of 38 qualifying players last year.
We’ll have more regarding an extension for Taylor as the news is available.