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Tyrod Taylor: 'I know the contract I signed up for last year'

The Buffalo Bills appear set to let Tyrod Taylor enter a contract year in 2016. And Taylor, at least publicly, isn't stressing out.

He was on the field for the team's first day of voluntary off-season workouts.

"I know the contract I signed up for last year," Taylor said. "I understand it. I understand my contract fully. Like I said, the business side, whether I'm out there playing under a contract or extension, my preparation does not change mentally or physically. I'm here to get this team better. I'm here to better myself and do what I can to help our team compete for a Super Bowl next year."

Taylor is scheduled to make $3 million this season after completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 3,035 yards, 20 touchdowns and only six picks, in addition to 568 rushing yards and four scores in 14 starts.

While General Manager Doug Whaley and the Bills brass still wants to see more before committing top dollar, Brock Osweiler upped the ante this off-season by inking a four-year, $72 million deal with the Houston Texans.

Taylor took the high road on Monday, insisting he's here to work and not fretting over his contract status.

"It's very easy for me to stay positive," Taylor said. "I'm here to work. That's what I came here to do. I'm looking forward to it."

"It's not really a focus of mine. I'm coming here to work, to prepare myself mentally and physically for the 2016 season. The business side of it will handle itself. Whether that gets done or not, that will handle itself."

That's what Taylor says. Then, there's his agent.

And, yes, Adisa Bakari has of course been very, very vocal on the matter. He most recently blamed the Bills' 2015 struggles on the defense and lack of discipline to Sirius XM, saying Taylor was "exceptional." Taylor himself said the Bills "won as a team" and "lost as a team" last season and that Bakari's comments won't be a problem in the locker room. He added that he hasn't read anything, understanding the situation he's in.

As for head coach Rex Ryan, he understands an agent is going to stick up for his client though added with some bite, "The fact that he went about it this way, did it make me happy? Hell no."

This season, Taylor is looking to be more vocal, something he says comes with having a year of starting experience under his belt. As for Osweiler's deal? "Totally different situations," he said, citing that Osweiler was a free agent.

There's a good chance the Bills will want to see Taylor finish more games, stay healthy and operate more consistently from the pocket with more completions over the middle of the field.

On Monday, the 6-foot-1 Taylor defended himself on this narrative.

"I can show you plenty of times I threw across the middle of the field," Taylor said. "Can I be better? Yes. At every position, guys want to strive to get better and that's what I'm going to focus on doing. Whether or not, that's the reason for a contract issue or not I don't know. I'm here to learn from my mistakes last year and be better moving forward.

"I wouldn't say that's a weakness because I've shown that I can do that."

Rather, Taylor has zeroed in first and foremost on his footwork inside the pocket this off-season, in addition to more film study. A year ago, he was in the middle of a three-way quarterback competition with Matt Cassel and E.J. Manuel.

Now, there's little doubt he's the starter in 2016. Beyond 2016? Who knows.

"This time last year, you guys probably didn't know who I was," Taylor said. "So it's definitely being back as the established starter and looking forward to working and having the first-team reps and building chemistry throughout the off-season.

"I couldn't wait to get back. I believe in this team 100 percent. We have a bunch of talent."

 

 

 

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