Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor insists he isn’t thinking about his contractual situation as he enters the offseason.
“My focus, each and every week, has been on football,” he said as he and his teammates cleaned out their lockers Monday.
With the final two years of his original contract with the Bills voided by the fact he took more than 50 percent of the quarterback snaps in his first year as an NFL starter 2015, Taylor has one season left on his deal.
Whether the Bills will offer him an extension remains to be seen. If they don’t, or if Taylor rejects whatever offer(s) they make, the quarterback could be in a position to bet on himself and boost his stock if he does hit the open market in 2017.
“I honestly haven’t had a chance to think about that,” said Taylor, who joined the Bills as a free agent after four seasons as a backup with the Baltimore Ravens and won a three-way competition for the starting job. “Of course, there’s a business side to it, but if something doesn’t happen with my contract, I’ll be a free agent. I understand that side of it, but right now, it’s up to management at this point.
“All I can control is the things I do on the field, my preparation, and that’s what I’m focused on ... and let my numbers speak for themselves.”
In 14 starts this season, Taylor completed 242 of 380 attempts (a completion percentage of 63.7) for 3,035 yards and 20 touchdowns, with only six interceptions, for a passer rating of 99.4. He also ranked second on the Bills with 568 rushing yards, breaking Doug Flutie’s single-season record for rushing by a quarterback.
The numbers show promise, but Taylor understands he has plenty of work to elevate his game. That will be his priority in the offseason.
“Definitely focusing on being a better player from the pocket,” Taylor said. “Never can settle as far as being a pocket passer. You want to take steps forward in that area.”
One way he intends to improve is to gather with a couple of his teammates, wide receiver Sammy Watkins and tight end Charles Clay, for informal workouts.
“I’ll have a full offseason to work with the guys – to work with Sammy, to work with Charles, to work with all the weapons, and get on the same page with everybody,” Taylor said.
Asked if he would be comfortable entering the 2016 season with his current contract, which calls for a salary of $1.13 million, Taylor said, “I signed the contract before this year, so I knew what it was going into it. I had expectations for myself, whether I was going to play or not, so I knew what it was. I don’t necessarily focus on that; that’s more the management side. All I can do is go out and play and let my numbers speak for themselves.”