It goes without saying, Tyrod Taylors is the best quarterback the Bills have had in a long time. A very long time.
He came out of nowhere after sitting on the bench behind Joe Flacco for five years and turned in an impressive 24 touchdown and six interception season while completing 63.7 percent of his passes. He also went 8-6 as a starter.
It was clearly an impressive season for someone without any starting experience in the NFL. Taylor consistently showed he had impressive arm strength when consistently hitting Sammy Watkins for big gains and he obviously has the speed and athleticism to make big plays with his legs. After just one season as a starter, he certainly showed more than enough to be considered the Bills starting quarterback going forward.
So, what’s the problem then?
Well, let’s keep in mind Taylor did sign a three-year contract that eventually became a two-year contract after Taylor hit certain triggers in playing time to have the third year voided. He’s on a really cheap deal and guys like Brandon Weeden, Case Keenum and Shaun Hill earn more than him.
So, obviously, Tyrod Taylor and his agent want more money after an impressive 2015 season.
In every interview this offseason, GM Doug Whaley has consistently said he would, “never say never,” to a contract extension with Taylor as long as the deal was something both sides agree on.
We obviously don’t know what’s going on behind-the-scenes, but Whaley isn’t exactly going out of his way to let people know he truly thinks Taylor is the franchise quarterback for the Bills.
Since Whaley is in the middle of contract negotiations with Taylor’s agent, he obviously won’t be going out of his way to drive up the price when discussing Taylor with the media. It’s pretty simple contract negotiation tactics.
Recently, the Bills have been linked to just about every quarterback in the 2016 class. They’ve supposedly scouted Carson Wentz more than anyone else, they’ve suggested that Kevin Hogan is the best fit for their offense and they are supposedly enamored with Cardale Jones. They also have met extensively with Paxton Lynch.
We know, it’s draft season and this could all be a smokescreen, but the Bills might be being to careful with Tyrod Taylor.
It’s no secret, the Bills have been historically bad when trying to find a starting quarterback. Most recently, Doug Whaley had one of the worst first-round picks of all-time in EJ Manuel and he probably doesn’t want to recreate a similar situation by signing Taylor to a huge contract only to find out he was just a one-year wonder.
Who knows what’s really going on, but Taylor’s agent recently ripping into Rex Ryan and the defense makes me, at least, think both sides clearly aren’t on the same page.
It’s a tough situation for both sides. Taylor and his agent want to cash out after a big 2015 season and Doug Whaley wants to play it safe. Neither side is wrong.
Whatever happens, the Bills better hope they don’t create more quarterback drama that could result in them being without a true starting quarterback in 2017.