It was going to be tough for McDermott to sell the team on going back to rookie Nathan Peterman after he threw five interceptions in the first half of last week’s game against the Chargers and was benched at halftime.
Taylor’s long-term future in Buffalo remains in doubt but it appears as though he’ll get another opportunity to show what he can do.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported last weekend that Taylor will be a “very viable trade chip” in 2018 based on his conversations with numerous NFL executives.
According to La Canfora, sources around the NFL anticipate Taylor being traded at some point next year.
La Canfora mentions that Taylor is owed a $6M roster bonus in the first week of free agency, but NFL GMs around the league view his contract that includes a $10 million base salary as tradeable.
Some teams to watch for Taylor, according to La Canfora, include Jaguars, Broncos, Cardinals and Saints (if Drew Brees leaves as a free agent).
La Canfora points out that while teams could wait for the Bills to release him, it might make more sense to acquire him in a trade and prevent other teams from getting involved.
As for the Bills keeping Taylor as a backup option, La Canfora says that it isn’t feasible for Buffalo considering the $16 million he’s owed.
Taylor, 28, is a former sixth-round pick of the Ravens back in 2011. After four years in Baltimore, Taylor signed on with the Bills for the 2015 season.
Taylor is currently in the first year of his two-year, $30.5 million contract and stands to make base salaries of $7.5 million and $10 million.
In 2017, Taylor has appeared in nine games and thrown for 1,684 yards while completing 64.2 percent of his passes to go along with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. He has also rushed for 237 yards and two touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 9 quarterback out of 37 qualifying players.