Tyrod Taylor Takes $10M Pay Cut In Restructured Deal With Bills

Paola Ditto
Marzo 14, 2017

Heading into the offseason, the biggest question mark facing the Buffalo Bills was at quarterback.

Taylor may have gotten a commitment from the Bills, but it's not the most reassuring of commitments. The 27-year-old took a $10 million pay cut to remain in Buffalo after mentioning in a press conference that his agent had had "informal" discussions with other teams at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Before last week, the Bills had to decide whether to guarantee $30.5 million in payments to unlock the next five years of Tyrod Taylor's contract.

Taylor will earn $30.5 million in 2017 and 2018 combined before his contract automatically voids on the fifth day after the Super Bowl in February 2019.

Taylor now is due to receive $15.5 in guaranteed money, which includes his $7-million signing bonus, his 2017 base salary of $7.5 million, and $1 million of his 2018 base salary of $10 million.

Taylor now has a salary cap hit of $9.713 million in 2017 and it would increase to $18.08 million in 2018 if he's still on the roster under this same deal. Taylor still has to prove himself before a better option comes along for the Bills. Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reported interest from the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, and New York Jets at the beginning of March.

Now, Taylor will have the chance to prove his value in a new offense after being one of the least productive passers in the National Football League last season.

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