Bills coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane used news conferences at the Combine Wednesday to reiterate that they have no plans to cut quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is due a $6 million bonus on the third day of the league year, March 16.
"It's way too early to take anything off the table other than cutting him at this point, which is not in our plans," McDermott said.
"I'm not really worried about the bonus," Beane added. "I see him on the roster right now. Unless something changes, he'll be here through that part."
Neither Beane nor McDermott said anything Wednesday about Taylor playing next season. It's widely believed the Bills want to target a QB in the draft. Are they really going to keep Taylor around after benching him last season? Is it worth spending $6 million just to keep their options open heading into the draft?
Another line of thought is that the Bills are posturing for a trade. Perhaps Beane's public acknowledgment that he's willing to pay Taylor's bonus is a message to other teams that the Bills are essentially willing to retain some of Taylor's salary, making a trade more attractive for the receiving team. That jives with the whole we're-not-cutting-him thing, too: If the Bills made it sound like Taylor was about to become a free agent, that would kill his trade value.
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On the other side of the ball... Kyle Williams' future with the Bills remains up in the air.
Chad Kelly still doesn't feel like an NFLer: "It hasn't hit me yet," the St. Joe's grad told Tim Graham. "And I don't think it'll hit me until I step on that field for the first time and play an actual game."
Bills ready to have Shady back, back again: GM Brandon Beane said RB LeSean McCoy, who turns 30 this summer, will be "a big part of what we're doing in 2018."
Beane says Vontae Davis signing doesn't preclude Bills from bringing E.J. Gaines back: Hmm, interesting. Slot corner is basically a starting position in the Bills' defense, too, but that would make for an interesting secondary.
Injury updates on Zay Jones and Kelvin Benjamin: "To be honest with you, we didn't know about his shoulder," Beane said of Jones' injury.
Beane will wait until after draft to determine Brian Gaine's replacement: Remember when Doug Whaley didn't get fired until after the draft because that's the end of the scouting year? This seems a little like that.
Frank Reich embraces Marv's preparation credo: One Levy-ism that stuck with new Colts coach Frank Reich is "Plan your work and work your plan. If you have everything prepared, the rest will take care of itself," Mark Gaughan wrote.
Beane expects moving up to be pricey: Bills GM Brandon Beane said of trading up in the draft: "It's one of those things where if you're gonna move up, especially in Round One, it takes a lot. The higher you go, it exponentially increases."
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