Tyrod Taylor's agent has some theories as to why the Buffalo Bills missed the playoffs in 2015.
During an interview with SiriusXM on Thursday, Adisa Bakari blamed it on discipline and defense.
If that's a sign of how things are going in negotiations between the two sides regarding a contract extension, it's safe to say they aren't close on a deal.
Bakari wasn't finished during his interview.
Taylor is scheduled to make slightly more than $3 million in 2016. That's grossly underpaid for a starting quarterback in the NFL. It's understandable that his agent would be eager for a contract extension that would put him more in line with the going rate for starters, which is somewhere between $12 and $18 million per season.
The Bills, however, have elected to slow play things. With precious little space under the salary cap heading into the 2016 season, there isn't much they can do in regards to an extension for Taylor at the moment. Even if they were to sign him to an extension that did not drastically increase his cap hit for the coming season, there is reason to be hesitant to do so at this point.
While Taylor's first season as a starter was promising, it apparently wasn't enough to convince the Bills they have to sign him to an extension right now. The team seems willing to allow Taylor to prove himself in 2016, after which it can use the franchise tag if he performs well and it does not want him to reach unrestricted free agency.
Bakari also addressed a report from Denver radio host Benjamin Allbright that the Broncos had inquired about Taylor.
The Bills have been doing their due diligence scouting quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class. With only Taylor and Manuel under contract for the upcoming season, it's a virtual certainty the Bills will add to the position in the draft. The question is, in which round?
If Buffalo were to take a quarterback in the first round, it would be a clear message to Taylor that while the job is likely to be his in 2016, it might not be after that.
Story topics: Tyrod Taylor