ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Despite releasing a very cryptic statement regarding quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s decision to have sports hernia surgery on Thursday, the Buffalo Bills were reportedly involved in the decision making process according to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The team’s noticeably terse statement from Thursday on the situation read:
“Bills QB Tyrod Taylor had a consultation visit [Wednesday] with Dr. William Meyers and elected to have surgery this morning. The Bills were informed late yesterday of this morning’s procedure.”
Nearly 24 hours later though, sources apparently told Schefter that the Bills were “fully aware” of Taylor needing the procedure and that team doctors actually instructed him to seek a second opinion from Dr. Meyers.
The source also estimated a six to eight week recovery for Taylor, but added that it could wind up being longer.
Now, it’s a race against the calendar for Buffalo, who would owe the 27-year-old $27.5 million in guaranteed money due to an injury clause in his contract that requires such, if Taylor sustained an injury “while performing his services under this Contract [and if the] Player is unable, in the sole judgment of Club’s physicians, to perform his playing services for Club.” That fancy contractual rhetoric essentially means Taylor must be able to pass a physical for the team before March 12 – the third day of the new league year – or that aforementioned figure becomes fully guaranteed. Should the Bills opt to cut Taylor before then, it could ultimately make for a dicey situation involving the NFLPA.
Buffalo could always opt to pick up an option in the contract by the March 11 deadline, which would guarantee the QB an additional $3.25 million as well. However according to another report from Schefter the team has “no intention” of retaining Taylor.
Buffalo’s “business decision” to bench Taylor in Week 17 after he had started the team’s previous 15 games this season was perhaps the first domino hinting at the their plan to move on. Also telling, have been the noncommittal responses from general manager Doug Whaley and owner Terry Pegula regarding the two-year starter’s future. Each has continually mentioned still needing to “evaluate” the quarterback before agreeing to pick up the option.
In his two seasons with the Bills, Taylor helped take an offense that finished 26th in scoring in 2014 into the top 10 this past season.
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