The Buffalo Bills have announced today they have signed starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor to a contract extension worth a base value of $90 million for six-years.
According to multiple reports, Tyrod’s extension is ‘complex’. The information that has been released so far is Tyrod’s salary in 2016 is fully guaranteed at $9.5 million. After that, the deal consists of team-loaded options that’ll make Tyrod “prove it”. Explained by NFL insider Ian Rapoport, after 2016 the Bills can pick up an option that will make Tyrod earn $27.5 million in 2017, consisting of $12 million salary with a $15.5 million option bonus. Also in the deal, he will earn $13 million in 2018, and in total reach $50 million within the first three years. The deal also includes ‘hard to reach’ bonus incentives. Putting together the contract adds up to a very team-friendly deal.
You have to give credit to the front office and the Pegula’s for being able to strike a fair deal for not only Tyrod, but for both parties right before the start of 2016.
For Tyrod Taylor, no quarterback has worked harder to get to this point. After sitting behind Joe Flacco on the bench for four years in Baltimore, Tyrod would explore the free agent market in the 2015 offseason. From there, he would turn down a richer contract from the Denver Broncos for a chance to compete against Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel to be the starting quarterback with the Bills.
Eventually, Tyrod auditioned his dynamic, dual-threat ability in training camp and preseason, which awarded him the starting job. He would then go on to record 20 touchdown passes, six interceptions, a 99.4 passer rating, while setting a franchise record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback with 568—Including four rushing touchdowns. Tyrod’s performance was worthy of a Pro-bowl nod, capping off a solid year for the first-time starter.
With the contract distraction officially out of the way, Tyrod can focus solely on bettering himself and the team around him in preparation for 2016. The contract extension signifies the Bills have the utmost confidence, and are “All-In” with Tyrod leading the franchise to the promised land.
A key storyline to follow is the extension of Stephon Gilmore, and when that will come to fruition. Will the Bills possibly work something out before the season? Or will they allow Gilmore to play 2016 with the franchise tag? After finishing 2015 rated as a top 10 cornerback by Pro Football Focus, the Bills front office may want to see Gilmore finally put it “all together” before handing him top cornerback money. Reports have expressed the Bills don’t want to exceed $13 million-a-year with the 10th overall pick. Indeed so, neither side has blinked as of yet.
At the moment, Bills fans can rejoice that they have a potential franchise quarterback locked up for the next six years. However, the Ryan Fitzpatrick failure may yield some skeptical, and perhaps the deal came too soon, as Tyrod has only one year of starting experience. The reported multitude of “team-options” present in his contract can act as a safety net if things don’t pan out. So overall, the deal struck with Tyrod is nothing precarious as of now.
Nevertheless, with one major domino down, another one is still standing—Awaiting for the possibility that maybe he’ll be knockdown in the near future, as well.
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