Bills Could Be Stuck With Tyrod Taylor’s Salary

Tyrod Taylor is having sports hernia surgery today and his medical situation could complicate things for Buffalo this offseason. It seems unlikely that the Bills will want to move ahead with Taylor’s contract, which would call for $27.5MM in salary for 2017. However, if the Bills cut him while he’s injured, the union would argue that he’s entitled to his pay for next season, Albert Breer of The MMQB tweets"<strong

The Bills must wait until Taylor is healthy before cutting him and it’s not a given if he’ll be healthy by March 12th, when his $15.5MM option bonus is due (link). Once that option bonus is paid, Taylor’s $12MM base salary also becomes fully guaranteed. All in all, that adds up to $27.5MM for a quarterback that Doug Whaley & Co. do not necessarily want.

We don’t know for sure that the Bills will decline their pricey option on Taylor, but all signs have been pointing to a divorce for the last month or so. The ouster of Rex Ryan, Taylor’s biggest advocate, was the first indication that there would be a shakeup under center. Shortly after Ryan’s firing, Whaley favorite EJ Manuel was named as the team’s starter for Week 17. Then, this morning, the team released an oddly-phrased statement regarding Taylor’s operation that seemed to point at some major discord between the two sides [emphasis ours]:

Taylor had a consultation visit yesterday with Dr. William Meyers and elected to have surgery this morning,” the statement read. “The Bills were informed late yesterday of this morning’s procedure.”

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  1. DROPPNBOMBZ

    Smart business move Tyrod.

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  2. politicsNbaseball

    Bills have no one to blame but themselves

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  3. yeahhhjeets

    Had the pleasure to meeting Taylor down in Miami, he’s a nice guy but very inconsistent. As they say…. business is business.

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  4. Ron c

    Listen everybody want to sit here and say that tyrod is inconsistent OK last year when he was thrown running scoring touchdowns everybody was fine with it this is the best quarterback we had since Jim Kelly build around him and let’s win some games. Also if you look at the free agency there’s nobody out there there’s nobody coming out of the college ranks so is could this be Whaley’s last go-around because if he gets rid of Tyrod we’re not going to win a game

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    • John Doughman

      Well said…

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    • DROPPNBOMBZ

      I reside in Virginia & been following his career since high school. Many in my area think Tyrod is the best qb to ever play at Va Tech over Mike Vick. Tyrod is more polished then Vick & never take the unnecessary hits. The finger pointing should be at injury prone players Mccoy, Sammy Watkins, & Percy Harvin. Tyrod often hasn’t been surrounded with much help if you ask me.

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