The Buffalo Bills made the "business decision" to bench starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor for the regular season finale, a move that for obvious reasons did not sit well with the six-year veteran.
Taylor was just coming off the best game of his career against the Miami Dolphins in Week 16, but with the firing of head coach Rex Ryan, general manager Doug Whaley made the decision to bench the quarterback for the final week of the season. And for the first time since he has come to Buffalo, he let his emotions show during the team's locker room clean out.
"That decision is on them. I feel like I’ve done enough as far as my play to be the starter here," Taylor said when asked about his future with the team. "It wasn’t like I was outplayed, it was simply taken from me… and that decision came from them. We’ll see what the future holds."
"Did I believe that was fair? No I didn't."
The quarterback said the GM, Whaley, approached him after the decision had been made. It was described as a brief meeting, and one that echoed the same sentiments that were put out through interim head coach Anthony Lynn last week: it was a "business decision."
Taylor said that the move showed an overall lack of faith in him as a quarterback, and dismissed the notion of the injury guarantee clause because he had been playing all season long under those terms. There have been some reports about a groin injury that may need surgery, and Taylor confirmed that the first medical opinion he sought out believes it's significant enough to have a procedure done. He also said that he'd be going to get a second opinion.
If the Bills declined the option to bring him back for the 2017 season, would Taylor be open to the idea of restructuring his contract?
"It's too early to tell right now. Maybe that's a possibility down the line, but we'll visit when and if that happens."
As for now, Taylor is on hold as to his future until the Bills finally make a decision -- just like the fans who are interested in seeing what the team will do with it as well. For now, the Bills enter the offseason with a lot of questions about the position, and a clearly unhappy starting quarterback with how it all went down.
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