The Buffalo Bills have the option of saving money in 2018 by cutting Tyrod Taylor, but that doesn’t appear to be happening, according to a report.
There are plenty of Buffalo Bills fans who are ready to move on from Tyrod Taylor, while others want the team to keep him at least for one more season. No need to fix what isn’t broken, or so some believe.
Those who want to keep Taylor were given some good news Thursday afternoon by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Cutting Taylor before signing a free agent quarterback to replace him would be an extremely risky move, even if the team trades up to draft a quarterback in April. The $6 million bonus isn’t cheap, but it is better than gambling on a player not even in a Bills uniform yet.
Rapoport went on to explain the news further.
As he explains, trading Taylor remains a possibility later on, but cutting him doesn’t do much to help the team. A team like the Cleveland Browns could potentially be interested in a player like Taylor, depending on how free agency goes, and his name could come up during the draft as a trade target if the team drafts a quarterback.
But even drafting someone doesn’t mean Taylor needs to go. He can serve as a mentor and essentially the bridge quarterback, which he could have been for Nathan Peterman if not for the rookie’s disastrous debut in Los Angeles that sent him right back to the bench.
This doesn’t change much for the front office’s offseason plans. All it does is show that the team is being smart and not taking a major risk so soon in the new year.
For those fans who despise Taylor, realize that not cutting him doesn’t mean the team is committing to him in 2018. And if the Bills draft a rookie and keep the veteran around, that’s not a bad thing. It saved the season in 2017.