CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – One of the more palatable options for the Browns at quarterback this offseason has been eliminated.
Tyrod Taylor will not be released by the Bills. Instead, he has agreed to a restructured contract with Buffalo the team announced on Wednesday.
“We are excited about the opportunity to keep Tyrod with the Bills,” head coach Sean McDermott said in a statement. “I’ve gotten a chance to know Tyrod and study him over the past several weeks and he is both a great person and competitor. Doug and I are confident this was best move for the Bills at this time.”
The Browns had been monitoring Taylor’s situation closely because the Bills were not prepared to pay his roster bonus that would’ve triggered nearly $31 million in guaranteed salary and bonuses while counting nearly $16 million against the cap by March 11th as outlined in the extension he signed.
Taylor, who had surgery in January to repair a sports hernia but has since been cleared for practice is 15-14 in 2 seasons as the Bills starting QB.
In 2016, Taylor completed 269 of 436 passes for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns and 6 interceptions while adding 580 yards rushing on the ground, a new franchise record eclipsing the mark he set the previous season.
The Browns will now have to look elsewhere for quarterback No. 27.
If Kirk Cousins, who was franchised by Washington, doesn’t remain in the nation’s capitol, San Francisco and a reunion with new 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan is his preferred destination according to multiple reports.
Shanahan and the 49ers added former Browns starter and Cleveland native Brian Hoyer Wednesday.
With Taylor staying put, that leaves the Browns with the option to either trade for New England backup Jimmy Garoppolo, draft another QB in April or just stick with what they have.
Cleveland has to decide by Saturday if they will pay a $750,000 roster bonus to Robert Griffin III who has a $6 million salary for 2017.