Two years, $30.5 million for Tyrod Taylor

Hazel Gray
March 18, 2017

Now he tore that deal up and signed one for half the guaranteed money (roughly $15 million), and he's still in a prove-it year.

That represents a reduction of $10 million from what Taylor was originally scheduled to receive over the same span under the terms of his previous agreement, which the Bills restructured last week before last Saturday's deadline to determine whether to release the quarterback. With these players unable to be day one starters, the Bills have someone who can lead the team in the meantime.

He would have also remained under team control through 2021 if the Bills had picked up his original deal. According to Spotrac, $10 million. If the Bills choose to keep him for the 2018 season, his cap number will be $18.1 million. He has a roster bonus of $6 million due next season, but given that it will be paid at Buffalo's discretion, Taylor's new contract is extremely team-friendly, as they'll be able to walk away with minimal salary cap implications.

Taylor's new deal was for five years, but it voids after just two seasons, in which he will earn $30.5 million. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reported interest from the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, and New York Jets at the beginning of March.

Either way, it seems that this restructured deal has given the Buffalo Bills some freedom as it relates to quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

Now, Taylor will have the chance to prove his value in a new offense after being one of the least productive passers in the National Football League last season.

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