The Bills continue to make headway on a new deal with quarterback Tyrod Taylor, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com tweets. However, there are still issues being worked out with regards to the backend of the deal.
As reported earlier this month, the two sides are discussing a “bridge” deal that would keep Taylor in Buffalo for two years beyond his current pact, which is set to expire at the end of the year. Right now, the Bills are discussing an extension that would tack $35MM to Taylor’s contract, keeping him in place through the 2018 season.
Because Taylor does not have a long history of success, these are unique negotiations and, fittingly, the terms being discussed are also unique. Taylor is a rare and valuable commodity as a qualified young starting quarterback, but the Bills are understandably wary of making a massive long-term commitment to him. After all, when Taylor arrived in Buffalo, he had only 35 regular season passes to his credit as Joe Flacco‘s understudy.
Starting for the first time in his career, Taylor proved himself to be a dynamic playmaker last year, throwing for 3,035 yards and 20 touchdowns in 14 games, completing 63.7% of his passes and tossing just six interceptions. He also provided plenty of value with his legs, rushing for 568 yards and four TDs.
If Taylor and the Bills are able to come to an agreement on a two-year extension, the Bills will keep their long-term options open while Taylor will get another crack at a massive payday while he is on the right side of 30. The quarterback celebrated his 27th birthday just last week.
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