Bills Give Tyrod Taylor 6-Year Contract Extension

Bradley Whitaker
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Finding a franchise quarterback should be the No. 1 priority for every team in the NFL. Not to take anything away from the other positions on the field, but QB is definitely the most important and it’s now more lucrative than ever.

The Buffalo Bills haven’t had a ton of success at the QB position over the years. Sure, they’re not quite up to Cleveland Browns status, but Buffalo hasn’t had a dependable player behind center since Jim Kelly (Ryan Fitzpatrick and Drew Bledsoe don’t count, sorry). That was until last season, when Tyrod Taylor broke out in his fifth year in the league, finishing seventh overall in QB rating with 20 touchdowns and just six interceptions. His passer rating was also the second highest in Bills franchise history.

That was more than enough for Buffalo to lock up Taylor long term.

But the NFL is a harsh business where no one player has complete job security. The Bills have high expectations for Tyrod.

There’s always a catch, especially when it comes to multi-year guarantees. It’s a smart move from Buffalo’s perspective. Taylor looks to be “the next big thing” in the NFL, but if things don’t work out, they won’t lose too much in cap space. That certainly beats paying someone nine figures to not even play, which tends to happen in some sports.

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