Chargers To Sign Tyrod Taylor

The Chargers have agreed to terms with quarterback Tyrod Taylor on a two-year deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The Dolphins were intently interested in signing Taylor, but they’ll have to refocus their efforts on a different QB.

Taylor, 30 in August, began the season as the Browns’ starter. However, he ceded the gig early in the year when an injury took him out of a fall matchup with the Jets. Baker Mayfield entered the game and engineered a comeback, and the rest was history.

In a characteristically weak market for QBs, Taylor profiled as one of the best options out there. The Dolphins, with serious questions under center, saw Taylor as a possible replacement for Ryan Tannehill. Instead, the Chargers have scooped him up to serve as Philip Rivers‘ understudy.

During his 2015 Pro Bowl campaign, Taylor averaged 8.0 yards per pass, threw 20 touchdown passes, six interceptions and ran for 568 yards. All in all, he owns a career 23-21-1 record as a starter. Taylor is historically safe with the football: among quarterbacks with at least 1,000 attempts since 2015, Taylor ranks third in interception percentage.

Taylor will only be 30 years old when the 2019 campaign gets underway, so there’s a possibility he could become a long term answer in Los Angeles if Rivers retires in the near future. More likely, though, he’ll serve as a rarely-used backup, as Rivers has never missed a game since becoming the Chargers’ starter in 2006.

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  1. acarneglia

    I like this for both sides. Offers some familiarity for Tyrod and the Chargers with the Lynn and Taylor connection from Buffalo. Also gives TT a 2 yr contract and a chance to start if Rivers retires after the year

  2. crosseyedlemon

    I think he would be wasting his talents as a rarely used backup. His style would be a perfect fit for the Canadian game.

    • Players in Canada are so badly paid (think $250K or $500K/year) that it makes infinitely more sense for Taylor to collect $8m per year to sit on an American bench.

      Taylor is good enough to start and would be a real asset for any team with a stingy defense. I would have preferred to see him starting in Washington over Keenum (who is an okay signing too).

  3. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    Apparently the Dolphins aren’t interested in making any changes.

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