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Bills' quarterback options beyond Taylor look slim

The easiest part of the Tyrod Taylor discussion is to say he isn't worth $30.75 million in guaranteed money and the Buffalo Bills should let him walk before agreeing to be on the hook for that tab by picking up the option on his contract extension.

The hardest part is figuring out how to replace him.

That is the dilemma with which the Bills' decision-makers have wrestled since beginning their meetings last week on what to do with Taylor, as well as the rest of the roster.

When all is said and done, the Bills could very well determine their best move is to swallow hard and stroke the check for Taylor. Otherwise, they might be inclined to follow through with a plan that is thought to be appealing to at least one member of their hierarchy, General Manager Doug Whaley, and that is going with Cardale Jones as the starter.

Jones, last year's fourth-round pick from Ohio State, has plenty of talent, but only time will tell whether he has acquired much-needed maturity to understand the amount of time and effort it takes to prepare to play his best.

The early assessment of the 2017 NFL Draft crop is that it doesn't offer anything special at quarterback. Certainly, not special enough for the 10th overall pick, which the Bills own.

North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky could be there, but close QB observers say his throwing mechanics need considerable work and aren't sure how much he can be polished into a quality NFL starter. Clemson's Deshaun Watson, who could also be there, is a dynamic athlete but widely viewed as a raw talent whose skills better translated to the college game than they will to the NFL.

There is also the possibility, as ill-advised as it seems, that the Bills could trade up for Trubisky or Watson.

Or, perhaps, they could go with Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer in the second round, even though the feedback on him has so far been unspectacular.

The best veteran option is Jimmy Garoppolo, but the New England Patriots are likely to set the highest price possible for a trade within the AFC East. It makes no sense for the Bills to give up premium draft picks, especially with the many other holes they need to fill.

The Bills could sign Tampa Bay's Mike Glennon, although they likely would end up overspending for him because he probably would get play from other teams.

Forget about Tony Romo. For one thing, he is going to be more inclined to go to a team that is much closer to contention than the Bills are. For another, he might very well be one hit away from another major back issue such as the one that opened the door for Dak Prescott to take over the No. 1 spot in Dallas.

Forget about Jay Cutler. He, too, has problems staying healthy and is, at best, a one-year placeholder.

There are other recognizable names expected to be out there -- such as Colin Kaepernick, Josh McCown, and Matt McGloin -- but none that would figure to motivate the Bills to chase them.

The bottom line is that the Bills are likely to think longer and harder than a lot of people suspect before deciding if it makes sense to say goodbye to Taylor.

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