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Taylor's Agent Talks Negations with Bills
Monday, March 21
Adisa Bakari, Taylor's agent, issued a statement on how discussions have gone securing a contract extension for Taylor, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News:
It’s the Bills’ prerogative to do what they want to do as it relates to Tyrod Taylor or any other Bills player. Fortunately, there are 31 other teams that have watched and will be watching Tyrod. And the fact of the matter is what Tyrod was able to do as a 1st-time starter in '15 was give the Bills the best quarterback play they’ve had since Jim Kelly. If that isn’t enough to warrant an extension, I don’t know what will be.
Whaley Comments on Negotiations with Taylor
Monday, March 21
Bills general manager Doug Whaley told reporters, "'There's some work to be done' in talks for contract extension for [Taylor]," according to Carucci.
Whaley previously spoke to reporters about talks with his signal-caller on March 3, saying he "did not personally meet" with Taylor's agent at the scouting combine, adding it would be a "luxury" to reach an agreement before the start of the season.
Bills Reportedly Started Talks with Taylor
Thursday, Feb. 25
Tyler Dunne of the Buffalo News reported the Bills "have reached out to [Taylor's] agent on a new deal.”
Taylor Currently on Team-Friendly Deal
Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk noted Taylor “has one year at $1 million left on his deal, which is a nice bargain for the team that [Whaley] suggested they don’t expect to alter this offseason.”
During an interview with the Buffalo News in January, Whaley discussed the possibility of Taylor playing his way into a new deal:
He’s warranted enough for us to continue down the road to see if he can be the franchise guy of the future. I mean if you think about it, if I told you a former sixth-round pick in his first year starting went 8-6, and with his stats and his quarterback rating and what he’s brought to the team, I think it warrants him a chance to prove it. Absolutely. And the thing that we like the most about him is the locker room believes in him, we believe in him, and hopefully the fans believe in him.
Taylor started his career as a backup for Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco but won the Bills job over EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel in the 2015 preseason. Naturally, his production skyrocketed with more game action:
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Taylor is a dual-threat quarterback who can beat defenses with his legs and arm. The Bills went 8-8 on the season, which was only the second time since the 2004 campaign the team has finished at .500 or better.
While Taylor could be in for a raise after his impressive season, Dunne pointed out the Bills will be looking to cut costs elsewhere. “The Bills will be talking about pay cuts with several players' agents this week in Indianapolis," he noted. "They have no other choice.”
Dunne also passed along a quote from Whaley about the potential pay cuts: “I think it’s a good issue to have—we have good players and we can’t keep them all.”
Fortunately for the 26-year-old Taylor, he seems to have played his way out of those concerns and may be in store for a new deal as Buffalo’s franchise quarterback for the foreseeable future.