Tyrod Taylor feels he has shown enough to be the Bills' long-term quarterback.
But after being sat for the season finale, Taylor has doubts that the feeling is mutual.
"Definitely disappointed with how it went down," Taylor said Monday during locker cleanout. "Definitely wasn't the best move in my opinion, but in this case, my opinion doesn’t matter. … As far as how it was handled, theres a business side to this thing, I knew that.
"As far as the commitment for a long-term contract, definitely I would want that here, but like I said, I'm not sure what that decision is after last week."
Taylor said having his job "taken" away made him feel like the Bills lack confidence in his abilities.
"That’s fair to say," he said. "That’s what it showed. That’s what I think it showed. But at the same time, the conversation wasn’t detailed enough to know if that was the case or not. Hopefully we can have that conversation this week … maybe it’ll be clearer what the direction is moving forward."
Taylor said general manager Doug Whaley did talk to him about the decision, but "it was brief," Taylor said. "We had a quick conversation and it was more about evaluating the young talent."
EJ Manuel started Sunday and was relieved by rookie Cardale Jones. Taylor was inactive.
Whaley said little about anything Monday in his 40-minute, season-ending press conference, and that included discussion of Taylor's future with the Bills.
"That will be a part of the evaluation process," Whaley said. "When we make a decision, we will let you know."
The Bills' new coach will have a say in whether Taylor remains with the team.
"It’s a decision that’s made by myself, ownership, along with the new head coach," Whaley said. "We’ve got to finalize that part of the script before we can write the end of it so it’s going to be a part of the evaluation process, along with everyone else on the team. A new coaching staff is going to come in and evaluate every single player on this roster."
Whaley did pay Taylor one compliment, saying he "had a tremendous year."
The immediate concern for Taylor is a groin/sports hernia injury that he played through this season but could require surgery. He'll get a second opinion on Wednesday.
"Hopefully it’s not as bad as they think it is," Taylor said. "... I want to be healthy because I want to get back and attack the offseason. As far as the guarantee in the contract, I want to get this surgery if that’s what I need to get done – I want to get that out of the way. It’s not about the guarantee."
A large piece of Taylor's contract would become guaranteed if he is unable to pass a team physical on March 11 (the third day of the league year), but that's unlikely to be the case with this injury. The bigger issue for the Bills to worry about is if Taylor's contract option is worth picking up. It would pay him $27.5 million next season while only carrying a cap hit of about $15.9 million, which is manageable.
Taylor was also asked about the possibility of renegotiating his deal to remain in Buffalo, which, in a bit a of a surprise, he didn't completely close the door on.
"We’ll have to weigh those options when it happens," Taylor said. "It’s too early to tell and maybe that’s a possibility down the line, but we’ll visit it when and if that happens."
But in regard to his contract and becoming the Bills' franchise quarterback, "That decision is on them," Taylor said. "I feel like I’ve done enough as far as my play to be the starter here."