The standoff between Tyrod Taylor and the Buffalo Bills is finally over. “T Mobile” will be staying in Buffalo for the long-haul.
The Bills and Taylor agreed to a long-term extension, the team announced Friday afternoon.
It's a done deal. We've signed Tyrod Taylor to a contract extension!
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) August 12, 2016
The deal is six years and worth $92 million, but there are some important details. Taylor will make $9.5 million fully guaranteed in 2016. The Bills then have the option to pick up the rest of the deal in 2017, when Taylor would make $27.5 million. Buffalo is making a hefty investment in 2016, but Taylor still must prove he’s the guy this season to see the rest of that contract come to fruition. If Taylor plays out the entire contract and earns every incentive, he would reel in $112 million total.
Taylor signed a three-year deal with Buffalo last offseason, but the final year of his deal was voided after he played more than 50 percent of the team’s snaps last season. That meant Taylor was entering 2016 in a contract year.
After spending four seasons as a backup with the Baltimore Ravens, Taylor arrived in Buffalo with hopes of competing for the starting job. He eventually won the job over former first-round pick EJ Manuel and veteran Matt Cassel. Taylor went 7-6 and showed off his dual-threat capabilities, throwing for 3,035 yards and 20 touchdowns while rushing for 568 yards and four touchdowns.
Buffalo’s offense led the league in rushing last season, but finished 28th in passing offense. Now the hope is that Taylor can be the guy to lead the Bills back to the postseason for the first time since 1999.