By Sal Capaccio
While Tyrod Taylor made it clear he wasn’t happy with the way the final week of the season played out, he didn’t discount a return to the Bills and even kept the door open to a restructuring of his contract.
“That decision is on them,” the quarterback told reporters during locker cleanout day. “I feel like I’ve done enough as far as my play to be the starter here. It wasn’t like I was outplayed. It was simply taken from me. Like I said, that decision came from them, and we’ll see what the future holds.”
Taylor was benched for the team’s finale at MetLife Stadium Sunday for what interim head coach Anthony Lynn called a “business decision.” He has a contract extension awaiting him if the Bills decide to exercise it. As part of that extension, the team would have had to pay roughly $30 million in guaranteed money if the QB got hurt severe enough to have the injury rehab go into the new league year beginning in March. Many have speculated that move means the team will not pick up the option.
“I guess once the conversation—we haven’t really sat down and talked about it. Once the conversation and it’s actually explained to me why it was done the way it was, we’ll move forward from there. But we’ll see when that happens,” Taylor said.
Taylor has been dealing with a groin injury and said he will get a second opinion later this week. “Hopefully it’s not as bad as they think it is,” he said, adding if surgery is necessary he’d like to get it out of the way as soon as possible so he can be ready for the offseason. “It’s not about the guarantee."
Instead of outright not picking up the option, Bills management might go to Taylor and ask him to renegotiate the new deal. The QB said he doesn’t prefer to do that but didn’t close the door on that option if the team comes calling, either.
“We’ll have to weigh those options when it happens. It’s too early to tell right now. Maybe that’s a possibility down the line, but we’ll visit that when and if that happens.”
Taylor said he wants to remain in Buffalo, citing the community and his teammates, and hopes that happens.
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