Picking up the option of starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s contract this past week, the Buffalo Bills have hitched their wagon to the Tyrod train for at least one more season. That said, that wagon could have been hitched for a long time had the team and Taylor not found a way to restructure in a way that benefited both the player and the team moving forward.
Given this new deal that both have made, it now appears that Tyrod Taylor could be the Buffalo Bills stop gap option at quarterback. While he would have originally possessed a major dead cap hit in 2018, the new restructured deal would allow Buffalo to release Taylor next offseason and save around $10 million in cap space.
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Considering the fact that most draft experts still see the Bills taking a quarterback, this new deal is the perfect one for the team. All of the quarterbacks in this years draft class will need at least one or two years of development time to succeed in the NFL. With these players unable to be day one starters, the Bills have someone who can lead the team in the meantime.
Players such as Deshaun Watson, DeShone Kizer, Patrick Mahomes, and Mitch Trubisky all could be available when the Bills make their first round draft pick this April. If such a draft pick were to occur, Buffalo could allow them time to develop on the bench while Tyrod carries most of the workload in 2017.
The other option that this team has is to keep Tyrod through the end of the 2018 season when his contract now expires. While this could allow any quarterback selections from 2017 time to develop, it would also allow the Buffalo Bills to push back drafting a first round quarterback until the 2018 NFL Draft or even the 2019 NFL Draft is they really wished.
Either way, it seems that this restructured deal has given the Buffalo Bills some freedom as it relates to quarterback Tyrod Taylor. With multiple opportunities to draft a develop a starting quarterback, the Buffalo Bills may be the closest they have been in years to finding their first franchise quarterback since Jim Kelly.