In 2015, quarterback Tyrod Taylor became a free-agent, after seeing little action on the field during his first few regular seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. In March, that same year, he took a gamble and signed with the Buffalo Bills with the possibility of becoming a starter if he beat out former Bills first-round pick EJ Manuel and veteran Matt Cassel during a preseason quarterback competition among the three of them. The gamble paid off, and with Tyrod Taylor’s perseverance, he got his first career, starting spot in a game against the Indianapolis Colts.
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A year later, the quarterback’s gamble rakes in even more millions-$90million to be exact as the Bills recently announced their contract extension with the player, who will be on the team for six years, in the new deal. But it’s not really about the money, according to the 27-year old player, it has always been about football, and now it’s about playing with the Bills.
“I’ve always had the mindset of just focusing on football,” said Taylor in a statement released by the Bills. “I’ve never played the game for the money. Since I was a little kid, I enjoyed the game of football, but I’m thankful that the Pegulas and the Bills organization and coach Rex Ryan last year gave me an opportunity to come and compete for this job. Just thankful for them and recognizing that they wanted me here for more than another year. Football is what I want to do and I’m excited that I’m playing in Buffalo.”
Although just as much as Tyrod took a gamble with the Bills, Buffalo has also taken a gamble in the deal they inked with Taylor. But GM Doug Whaley is confident in the quarterback’s talent.
“Tyrod has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches with his work ethic and talent,” said Whaley in the Bills’ statement. “We believe his performance on the field will continue to ascend. He’s dedicated to his craft as a quarterback and he’s become a leader in this organization. We believe we’re going in the right direction with Tyrod Taylor and that he can take this team where it needs to go.”
Hopefully, this will hold true this season, to come back from what was a dismal 2015 season for the Bills. Tyrod Taylor’s perseverance may have paid off for him, but it’s still up in the air if it will pay off for Buffalo.
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