The Buffalo Bills could be heading toward divorce with quarterback Tyrod Taylor. There are some interesting players the team could be targeting going into the offseason, including Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys, reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Taylor signed a six-year, $90 million contract extension in August, but it was basically a one-year deal with the team having an option to pick up the rest of his contract this offseason. Such a commitment would result in $27.5 million going Taylor’s way next season. While he has played decent football, he hasn’t quite looked like a franchise quarterback and that kind of financial commitment seems out of line.
But the potential replacements are certainly interesting. If Taylor doesn’t get his option picked up, the Bills will be “active in the veteran quarterback market with a possible eye on Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo,” according to the report. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are also listed as potential replacements.
Of those names, only Romo inspires real confidence, and that is if you discount his injuries. Given he hasn’t played this season due to injuries and thus lost his job to rookie Dak Prescott (even if Cowboys owner Jerry Jones insists there exists a bizarro future where Romo continues to play for Dallas into 2017), discounting those injuries would be a huge stretch.
This season, Taylor has completed 211 of 348 passes (60.6 percent) for 2,292 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. His 84.6 quarterback rating isn’t particularly high, but as Rapoport notes, it is higher than Baltimore Ravens franchise quarterback Joe Flacco, whom Taylor once backed up. Those numbers aren’t impressive or inspiring, but they are better than a lot of quarterbacks on bad teams this year.
Buffalo is just outside of the playoff hunt while not being totally eliminated. Some kind of late-season heroics on Taylor’s part could be enough to save his job, but if there is a future where Romo has some say in where he goes, the Bills might be an attractive option with a relatively complete team on both sides of the ball.
Romo, 36, hasn’t played a snap this season and hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2012. Last year, he played in just four games and threw seven interceptions against five touchdowns.