Tyrod Taylor undergoes surgery, more questions mount about future with Bills
Jan 06 2017
Tyrod Taylor took a Snapchat on Thursday morning of himself apparently preparing for surgery.
However, NFLPA sources said that if Taylor is released by the Bills in March and is still recovering from a surgery at that point, then they would likely interpret him as being entitled to that guaranteed money (which would then be deferred by offsets in a new contract if at some point he was healthy enough to sign with another club). The Bills have now confirmed that Taylor did have surgery.
"Bills QB Tyrod Taylor had a consultation visit yesterday with Dr. William Meyers and elected to have surgery this morning", the team said. Making the situation even more complex, if Taylor can not pass a physical by March 11, the injury guarantee in his contract automatically kicks in and the Bills will have to pay him approximately $30 million in guaranteed money. The "elected" part makes it sound like Taylor didn't really need surgery but perhaps had it for other reasons.
Taylor's recovery time as Rapoport stated will be six weeks but depending on how the surgery goes and the therapy after, it could be eight weeks at max.
The operation comes at a time when the second-year starter's future is uncertain in Buffalo. They also chose to include when Taylor informed the team of his decision, which is odd.
"Did I believe that was fair?"
"I'm going to get a second opinion on Wednesday". We know what happened next. A two- to three-year deal would have made plenty of sense, with Taylor set to make under $1 million in 2016 and coming off his first year as an National Football League starter.
The MMQB's Albert Breer outlined the predicament, saying that if Buffalo were to release Taylor before he's healthy, the NFL Players' Association would argue that he's entitled to his money for 2017 - a $15.5 million option bonus, the dispersion of which triggers the guarantee of his $12 million base salary.