Tyrod Taylor's future in Buffalo in doubt
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 06, 2017,
Mar 06, 2017, 12:30
The Buffalo Bills have to decide by March 11 if they are going to release quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and interested parties are already lining up if that happens. Many in the league believe that's where he will end up-he's young and athletic and protects the football and has upside.
As La Canfora notes, if the Browns are able to sign Taylor it would allow them to use their two first-round picks in the upcoming National Football League draft on the best available players - starting with defensive end Myles Garrett at No. 1 overall. The Browns also continue to try to push to retain pending free agent receiver Terrelle Pryor to have some weapons for the new QB. The Virginia Tech product signed a five-year, $90 million extension with the team in August.
The Bills could attempt to trade Taylor, but if they can't find a partner willing to take on his $15 million-plus salary, they would be on the hook for paying a QB they might not necessarily view as their starter. He threw for 3,023 yards, 17 touchdowns and six interceptions, but also was hobbled by a groin injury that required surgery at the end of the season. It seems the front office, led by GM Doug Whaley, would prefer a clean slate at quarterback while Sean McDermott's staff is intent on keeping Taylor regardless of financial consequences.
It is safe to say that Tyrod Taylor is not going to be the only quarterback to whom the 49ers, Browns, and Jets are all connected before all is said and done. Michael Silver of NFL Network (h/t Marc Sessler of NFL.com) reported Thursday that Cleveland intends to add both a veteran and a younger quarterback-likely through the NFL draft-this offseason.