Following the firing of Rex Ryan, the Buffalo Bills made another important decision ahead of their regular-season finale versus the New York Jets. Interim head coach Anthony Lynn elected to bench Tyrod Taylor in favor of EJ Manuel.
However, this was probably more of a business decision than anything.
Buffalo benching Tyrod Taylor is sign of uncertainty with him. Can't risk injury when he is due a $15.5M bonus and $30.75M gtd if hurt.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 27, 2016
In the offseason, Buffalo must decide if they’ll pick up Taylor’s option in March. If they do, he would be set to make $27.5 million next season after the $15.5 million bonus.
Tyrod Taylor: "I felt like I've done enough to be the starter here. That decision is on the Bills and we'll see what the future holds." pic.twitter.com/8Tpxx5PkrJ
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) January 2, 2017
Taylor finished the season with 17 touchdown passes, 3,023 yards, and a quarterback rating of 89.7.
Source: Buffalo Bills