Tyrod Taylor made it clear Friday: He wants to be back with the Buffalo Bills.
Speaking on WGR 550 on the team-run John Murphy Show from radio row at the Super Bowl, Taylor said "of course" when asked to confirm that his desire was to remain with the team he's started for the past two seasons.
"I know the team very well," he said. "I know how close we are as a team. I know the talent that we have on the team. We can be a very special team, especially with the right leadership, and I believe we have some coaches in that are definitely ready to go out there and make us work and get things turned around. So definitely looking forward to seeing what they can bring."
Of course, the decision isn't up to Taylor. It rests with the Bills' front office, which must decide whether to exercise a five-year contract extension that would pay Taylor nearly $31 million in guaranteed money and effectively tie him to the Bills for at least the next two years. Taylor was not asked if he would consider a restructured contract.
"It's just a sit-and-wait game right now," said Taylor, who has been in Buffalo this offseason rehabbing from sports hernia surgery that was performed a month ago.
"The thing that keeps my mind off of it is rehabbing," he said. "If I didn't have to rehab, it would probably be on my mind all the time. The more important focus for me is to get healthy, get back to 100 percent, that way I can go out there and play the game that I know I can play."
By rehabbing at One Bills Drive, Taylor has had the chance to speak with new head coach Sean McDermott "about five times now" in addition to offensive coordinator Rick Dennison a couple times.
"I've seen just about all the offensive staff, quarterback coach (David Culley) included," Taylor said. "The conversation isn't about necessarily contract, it's more so just getting to know each other. I've known a couple of the new coaches for a couple years in my time in Baltimore, but for the most part just getting to know guys.
"If I'm the guy that management chooses to keep around, I definitely want to be able to be comfortable around those coaches. That's what I'm doing in the time that I see them now."
Dennison served as Taylor's quarterback coach with the Baltimore Ravens in 2014.
"He's a great coach. A great person as well," Taylor said of Dennison, who is expected to implement former Broncos coach Gary Kubiak's offensive system in Buffalo. "Definitely familiar with that system. ... My focus right now isn't really on the contract situation or what's going to happen, it's mostly about just being healthy.
"Just putting my focus on getting back healthy and letting the rest take care of itself. God has a plan, just have to continue to keep believing in him, like I've always done."