Trade Tyrod Taylor
What we have seen from Tyrod Taylor is what we are going to get. Safe throws, manage the game, and no turnovers. While that did get the Bills to the playoffs this season, it isn’t enough. The goal should be to win a championship, not just get to the playoffs.
Last offseason, the team nearly moved on from Taylor before he decided to restructure his contract and stay for another season. This offseason, the team is faced with a similar decision on what to do. He is owed a $6 million roster bonus shortly after the new league year begins in March. Ian Rapoport reported the team would be willing to pick up that roster bonus and take that hit, even if they were to trade him.
Regardless of the team paying him the roster bonus, the team should move on and get what they can for Taylor. Free agents such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, or Sam Bradford could be options for a year or two while the team takes a quarterback in the draft this season.
There are teams that would enjoy having a player of Taylor’s skill-set to help them win now or be the bridge QB for a rookie. While Taylor is what he is as a player, as a person and leader there appears to be few better than him. He would be a great player to take over a team that feels that they are ready to compete now and have a veteran team in place.
While that may be what the Bills are looking for in a veteran QB, they could get a cheaper option that would not cause any potential rift between Taylor remaining the starter and a rookie QB waiting in the wings. The two parties going their separate ways could greatly benefit them both.
Potential trade partners: Denver, Arizona, Cleveland
Potential compensation: Fourth or fifth-round pick