Buffalo Bills: Tyrod Taylor is all but gone

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 07: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor
JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 07: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor /

Tyrod Taylor would prefer to stay with the Buffalo Bills, but insists he is not prepared to take another pay cut.

Tyrod Taylor has been the most polarizing player on the Buffalo Bills during his three seasons in Western New York. For every person who believes he can become the long-term answer at quarterback, there is someone who doesn’t even think he should be on the roster.

Following the 2016 season, the feeling was the Bills would attempt to trade Taylor, or decline his option if this was not possible. In the end, he agreed to restructure his contract to help the team, in part because he wanted to remain in Buffalo.

Now, there is once more talk about what will happen to the 2015 Pro Bowler. However, even though he would again prefer to stay with the Bills, this time he won’t agree to what would essentially be another pay cut.

Taylor’s stance was first reported by Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News. As per NFL.com, the signal caller said:

"“(Restructuring is) definitely not part of my mindset. I’ve done that before. I don’t think there’s a need to do that again. That’s definitely not part of my mindset.”"

Whatever your opinion of Taylor might be, it’s tough to argue with his comments. He was originally set to make $30.75 million guaranteed in 2017, before renegotiating his contract and seeing a significant drop in his salary.

The 28-year-old helped the Bills end what was the longest active playoff drought in the NFL (not to mention all four major North American sports leagues). In addition, he only threw four picks all season, a total which rookie backup Nathan Peterman managed to exceed in just one half of action against the San Diego Chargers.

It was the surprising decision to bench Taylor for the Chargers game, which seems to support those arguing the lack of faith head coach Sean McDermott has in him. And leading the team to just three points in the very winnable playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars certainly didn’t help his cause.

The 2011 sixth round draft pick admits he hasn’t had much contact from the Buffalo Bills about their intentions. As reported by Nick Shook of NFL.com, he said:

"“I really haven’t had any communications as to what’s the plan moving forward,” Taylor said. “I’m sure that it’ll be communicated to me at some point, but as of right now, I’m going to continue to focus on myself mentally, physically, and get ready for another season.”"

Unfortunately for Taylor, he may conceivably have to wait a few more months before his future in Western New York is resolved. As per Rotoworld, the Bills can save $15 million if they cut him after June.

More from Buffalo Bills

At least if the Hampton, Virginia native does end up leaving Buffalo, he should receive interest from around the league. While questions remain about his consistency and accuracy, he is still a dangerous dual-threat who can help a lot of teams struggling at the quarterback position.

In this respect, one possible landing spot in Denver. The Broncos previously made a move for Taylor in 2015 and they are once again considered a prime landing spot for him.

Interestingly, the three-time ACC champion’s fate could be tied to Kirk Cousins, who is now expected to move on from Washington after the Redskins traded for Alex Smith. The Bills and Broncos are both predicted to show significant interest in Cousins, so it will be interesting to see how this impact’s Taylor’s future, although the likelihood is his time in Western New York is all but finished.

Next: Top 5 linebackers in Bills history

Do you agree with the overriding sentiment Taylor will not be with the Buffalo Bills next season? Or do you believe he will remain in Western New York? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.