Bills sign Tyrod Taylor to contract extension

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The Bills announced quarterback Tyrod Taylor signed a contract extension on Friday. 

The team would not disclose terms of the deal, but various initial reports have the deal at six years and 90 million. 

Initally, it’s reported Taylor will be get a 6.5 million dollar pay bump for 2016 and make a total of 9.5 mil this season. 

The Bills then have a team option that will trigger the rest of the deal. It’s thought Taylor will get a 15.5 million dollar signing bonus at the start of the 2017 league year and 12 million in base pay for a total of 27.5 million next season. 

“It’s a deal that can keep [Tyrod] with us for as long as he can keep performing at a high level,” Bills GM Doug Whaley said via conference call. 

Taylor’s parents came to Western New York to see his preseason opener on Saturday. They made the trip to Rochester and were in the room when their son signed his contract. 

“I’m thankful for the opportunity from the Pegulas and from Rex (Ryan) to win over the team,” Taylor said on Buffalo radio station WGR. 

He sat behind Joe Flacco for four seasons in Baltimore before getting a chance to start with the Bills last season. Taylor had to beat out Matt Cassel and EJ Manuel to win the job.

“I always remained faithful and believed in (the chance to be a starter),” Taylor said. “I just worked as hard as possible to be ready if I got the opportunity.”

Taylor repeated throughout the offseason and training camp his contract negotiation was not on his mind. He stuck to that even after signing his new deal. 

“At the end of the day, this is a competition driven league. I have to compete whether I’m under contract or not,” Taylor said. “I’m thankful it got done. I never played for money. I’ve been having fun playing the game I love since I was five years old. I wasn’t going to let the money change my mindset. I’m still here to get better and try to help the team win football games.”

The contract is potentially a risk for the Bills, who are paying Taylor based on 14 NFL starts. Buffalo could have also used the franchise tag to keep him before Taylor hit free agency in March. 

“We didn’t want to get greedy,” Whaley said. The Bills think they’ve seen enough from Taylor, both last year and this preseason, to warrant the contract.

“We look at what Tyrod has done so far as the baseline,”  Whaley said. 

If true, the Bills have finally found their franchise quarterback. 

And escaped “quarterback purgatory.”

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