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Woods factoring QB decision into whether he wants to stick with Bills

For Robert Woods, it will obviously be about the Benjamins.

That's always the case when a player is headed to free agency.

But as Woods considers whether he wants to continue catching passes for the Buffalo Bills, it also will be about the quarterback.

Who will be starting for the Bills this season? Tyrod Taylor? EJ Manuel? Cardale Jones? A free-agent or trade acquisition? A rookie?

The answer, along with how much the Bills would be willing to pay him, is going to be crucial to Woods' thought process.

“Everything factors in," Woods told SiriusXM NFL Radio. "It has to be the right amount as well as quarterback decision. Yes, they don’t have a quarterback right now. Tyrod is a pending free agent. EJ Manuel is coming up as a free agent and there also are many quarterbacks on the market as well.

"Who knows what the decision is going on upstairs? But in a few weeks, we’ll all find out."

The Bills must decide by March 11 whether to retain Taylor, and pay him a guaranteed $30.75 million as part of picking up his contract extension, or cut him loose.

Woods has been a strong supporter of Taylor. He might not feel as good about returning to the Bills if someone else is at quarterback.

Woods sounded optimistic about the prospect of the Bills keeping Taylor.

“I could see Buffalo sticking with Tyrod, most definitely," he said.

Although there is strong speculation that Woods is as good as gone, he won't rule out possibly reaching an agreement on a new deal with the Bills.

“I think there’s always hope,” Woods said. “I finished out well with them. I had a good talk with (General Manager) Doug Whaley upstairs. It’s a whole new coaching staff coming in, so could be different plans. I’ve got to speak with them and see their plans, as well as see what happens with the quarterback decision there."

Woods ranked second on the Bills last season with 51 receptions (six fewer than tight end Charles Clay) for 613 yards and a touchdown.

Since arriving in Buffalo as a second-round draft pick in 2013, the former USC standout has caught 203 passes for 2,451 yards (an average of 12.1 yards per catch) and 12 touchdowns.

“That’s my first team, first love, the team that drafted me," Woods said. "You can always come in the league and picture getting drafted and have that long career and just go out that way.

"That’s always every player’s dream, go out and be that team, a draft pick that goes to the playoffs and goes on to win Super Bowls. That’s how everybody wants it. There’s still a chance they could do that in Buffalo."

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