ESPN’s Adam Caplan believes it’s a realistic option for the Bills to renegotiate Tyrod Taylor‘s contract.
“When they did that contract (last August) I think both parties would tell you they knew that this was a possibility because the number was so big,” Caplan explained in an interview with Buffalobills.com. “The thought around the league was the Bills would not roll over that option. They would look to renegotiate if Tyrod Taylor played well enough. And he did play well. I think the Bills also have to look at it and if it’s not going to be Tyrod, who is it going to be?
“Quite frankly in free agency other than Mike Glennon who is a true unrestricted free agent, you’re looking at trades. There’s not much out there. To me then you’re looking at the draft if you don’t bring back Tyrod. Not that many options out there if you do not bring back Tyrod.”
Caplan added that he wouldn’t be surprised if quarterback-needy teams reached out the Bills about Taylor.
“I would expect them to at least get some calls just to see what the Bills are going to do with him. You mention that option. It’s a little bit cost prohibitive to do that. You’re talking about 30.75 million fully guaranteed to roll over the option. But the thing is in advance and I know they were doing it here. Doug Whaley is going to talk to, I think he actually talked to them at least once, Adisa Bakari, Tyrod Taylor’s agent, they’ll get that ball rolling,” Caplan said. “Here’s the deal next week, the time is compressed here. It won’t come down to March 11th. I’m sure it’ll come down a couple of days before that where the Bills will make their final decision. That’s why the combine is so important. You can get face to face time. That is very important it’s a lot better than doing it over the phone.”
- Bengals HC Marvin Lewis mentioned that he’s “optimistic” they’ll be able to re-sign free agent LT Andrew Whitworth this offseason. (Jim Owczarski)
“We all like big guys,” Dorsey said, via Chiefs.com. “I had a great conversation with [Poe’s] representative (Wednesday) – just to inform him that we’re not going to use the (franchise) tag for him. I also let him know that I want to stay in an open line of communication because I don’t like to let good football players go. I consider him a really good football player. I’m going to let the process take its way out.
“If we have an opportunity to get him back, I’m going to fight like the dickens to get him back.”
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff mentioned that they’re “hoping” to re-sign FB Patrick DiMarco in the coming weeks.
“We’re in the process of talking to his representation, and we’re hoping to have something finalized in the relatively near future,” Dimitroff said.
Vaughn McClure of ESPN mentions that there is a “strong possibility” DiMarco could reunite with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco.
- Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News writes that the Jets should sign HC Todd Bowles to a one-year extension now that they’ve cleared out several veteran players to aid their rebuild.