Contrary to what Buffalo Bills General Manager Doug Whaley said during his season-ending news conference Monday, the team apparently has already made up its mind and will part ways with quarterback Tyrod Taylor, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Schefter reported Friday the Bills "don't have any intention of paying" the $30.75 million they would owe Taylor over the life of his contract if they were to exercise a $15.5-million bonus option by a March 11 deadline.
"Buffalo is instead planning to move on from Taylor, despite the fact that their scoring has increased dramatically since he arrived," Schefter wrote on ESPN.com.
The Bills would also be doing this despite Whaley saying on Monday the Bills wouldn't make a decision on Taylor's future without the input of their new coach.
"You got to understand it’s going to be a decision by myself and ownership along with the new head coach, so we have to finalize that part of the script before we can write the end of it," Whaley said. "So it’s going to be part of the evaluation process along with everybody else on the team. Our new coaching staff’s going to come in and evaluate every single player on this roster."
On Thursday, Taylor underwent surgery in Philadelphia to repair a sports hernia. Schefter reported that his recovery could take anywhere from six to eight weeks, or possibly longer, which could cause it to overlap with the March 11 deadline.