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Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Why would Tyrod restructure? Trade up, again? A link to a WR?

1. At the risk of sounding too negative, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor would be crazy to restructure his contract. If Taylor hits the open market, he will have suitors. As pointed out Wednesday, Pro Football Focus recently ranked Taylor as the top available quarterback on the open market (provided, of course, he gets there), ahead of Dallas' Tony Romo and New England's Jimmy Garoppolo.

Taylor owes the Bills no favors, especially after the team benched him in Week 17. That was a business decision that made sense, but that doesn't mean it should sit well with Taylor. The Bills put themselves in this situation by extending Taylor's contract when they didn't need to. With a dearth of even decent starting quarterbacks in the league, Taylor has put himself in an ideal spot to get paid by simply being mediocre. If the Bills don't pay him, someone else will.

2. In a recent column at Sporting News by Eric Galko, the owner of Optimum Scouting, he identifies the Bills as the team to "watch out for" in regards to trading up in the draft. "If I had to predict one team to make a Goff/Wentz trade-up, it'd be the Bills this year," Galko writes. "Cleveland will be all ears when it comes to trading down from No. 1 overall."

This idea, in a word, is terrible. Four years ago, the Bills put themselves in a corner when former General Manager Buddy Nix all but showed the world his draft board and made it beyond clear that the Bills were drafting a quarterback in what was perceived to be a weak class at the position. That resulted in reaching for EJ Manuel, and we all know how that turned out.

Current General Manager Doug Whaley's big splash was trading up for Sammy Watkins, a decision that has backfired so badly it would be reason alone to fire him. The Bills have a roster full of holes, and only six draft picks with which to fill them. It only makes sense to trade up for a franchise quarterback, and there is no consensus one of those exists in what is looked at as another weak class at the position. It's reasonable for the Bills to keep drafting quarterbacks, but trading up to do so -- given Whaley's track record -- should not be a consideration.

3. It's early in the draft process, but one name to keep an eye for the Bills is wide receiver Zay Jones of East Carolina. The Bills surely have a good scouting report on Jones, because his college position coach, Phil McGeoghan, holds the same job now with the Bills. Jones set NCAA records for most career receptions (399) and single-season catches (158) in 2016. He impressed at the Senior Bowl, and can improve his draft stock with a good showing in the 40-yard dash next month at the NFL Scouting Combine. Given the Bills' needs at receiver, he's a player to keep an eye on.

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