Waiting Game Continues For Taylor Decision
Friday February 24, 2017
No Comp Picks: The NFL released their compensatory picks today and as expected the Bills were not awarded any. They really didn't lose any big time free agents last year. This likely won't be the case this coming offseason.
Thursday February 23, 2017
Bills Have New VP Of Communications: The Bills have made a change to the top of their communications department. They have named Derek Boyko as the organizationís Vice President of Communications. Scott Berchtold has led the PR department for a long time and will now move to the role of Special Assistant. Boyko takes the reigns of the entire communications department from Berchtold. In a statement Russ Brandon said Berchtold will take on a number of important projects in his new role. Boyko is a Western New York native has been the director of public relations for the Eagles the past 17 years and was with the organization since 1993.
Wednesday February 22, 2017
Taylor Cleared: The hernia surgery will not be an issue if the Bills decide to move on from Tyrod Taylor. Adam Schefter reports that according to a team source he has been medically cleared. That means if the team decides not to pick up the $27.5 Million option they can release him and will not have to pay him because of the injury guarantee.
Tuesday February 21, 2017
Taylor More Likely To Stay? Score one in the column of Tyrod Taylor staying with the Bills. Ian Rapoport was on Good Morning Football on the NFL Network this morning and in a discussion about Tony Romo he said the Bills could be interested in him. He then added this tidbit of news when he said from what he heard the team is more likely to keep Taylor than get rid of him at this point. The team has until March 11th to decide but can't officially pick up his extension until the start of the league year on March 9th.
Thursday February 16, 2017
Humber Re-Signed: The Bills are now down to 22 unrestricted free agents as they have re-signed Ramon Humber. He was a key member of the special teams last year.
Wednesday February 15, 2017
Tag Period Begins: Today begins the stretch of time where teams can place a franchise or transition tag on pending unrestricted free agents. The period ends on March 1st at 4pm. The only player the Bills would likely consider tagging is Stephon Gilmore who would cost them more than $14 Million which would eat up about two thirds of the available cap space. It seems if they tag Gilmore they will have to move on from Tyrod Taylor and his $16+ Million cap figure. I don't think it's that likely they will tag Gilmore but they may make him a long term offer before the start of free agency.
Monday February 13, 2017
Taylor Restructuring? Vic Carucci reports that Tyrod Taylor will not restructure his contract to take less money. That makes sense considering he would likely get what he is due to get with the option or more on the open market. However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says Taylor may be willing to alter the deal for salary cap relief if he doesn't lose any money in the move. Rapoport indicates with the addition of Sean McDermott and Rick Dennison the team may be looking at ways to keep Taylor instead of releasing him. They have to make a decision by March 11th but can't exercise the option before March 9th. The scouting combine later this month will allow both sides to talk to people to posture for position in this business battle. Doug Whaley has indicated that he may be happy with turning to Cardale Jones this year. That would definitely indicate a tank season for the Bills but it could be nothing more than posturing at this point by the embattled GM.
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