INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – No, the Bills haven’t suddenly moved to Philadelphia and become an NBA team. The 76ers are still a thing. Conversely, it’s the Philly based basketball club’s well-known team slogan “trust the process” that seems to have made it’s way to Western NY.
In his first meeting with the media since being introduced as the Bills 20th head coach, Sean McDermott repeatedly referenced “the process” – more than 10 times in fact – when discussing the team’s recent and upcoming offseason decisions.
A major part of that process includes making a decision on quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who has an option in his contract that if picked up pays the signal caller more than $30 million in guaranteed money. Despite having just 10 days to make the decision McDermott provided little insight into which direction he and general manager Doug Whaley are leaning.
“We’re going through that process right now, and the thing about all of our players and Tyrod’s no different, is we’re going to go through the process,” McDermott explained. “We’re going to exhaust every ounce of time looking at it from every angle. I think the thing you’ll find out about me is I’m pretty methodical in my approach. So it takes time, and that’s what’s in front of us right now.”
McDermott made sure to emphasize that the decision is one he and Whaley will make together.
“Doug and I are off to a great start,” he said. “We have disagreements, but at the end of the day, we’re making decisions that are right for the Bills organization. That’s the team within the team. Doug is counting on me and I’m counting on Doug.”
The duo has until 4 pm on March 11 to cut the two-year starter, should they so choose, otherwise Buffalo will be on the hook for Taylor’s $15.9 million cap hit in 2017, plus any remaining portions of his option bonus – paid out over the life of the contract – and a small chunk of his 2018 base salary.
“If that’s what it takes, yes. If that’s what it takes, McDermott said of taking the decision to the wire. “We’re going to be methodical in all our decisions. This position is critical. The quarterback position in the league is critical to the success of a football team, so we’re going to take all the time necessary to make the right decision for this organization both in the short and the long term.”
McDermott also revealed that throughout their evaluation process, they’ve gone back watched a lot tape on 2016 fourth-round pick Cardale Jones and consider him a viable option to replace Taylor.
There are plenty of other personnel decisions to be made outside of the quarterback position, and before McDermott even took the podium the team announced several. First came the news that Buffalo will not be placing the franchise tag on unrestricted free agent to be, CB Stephon Gilmore.
“Stephon is a good player and the corner position is a critical position,” McDermott said. “We want the right people in the right place to be successful.” The deadline for placing the franchise tag on a player is 4 pm today.
Buffalo also revealed that veteran defensive tackle will be returning in 2017.
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