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Bills sign Tyrod Taylor to contract extension

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Posted at 3:48 PM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 16:39:41-04

ORCHARD PARK, New York – Tyrod Taylor had not started an NFL game prior to last season. But 14 games under center for the Bills in 2015, capped with a Pro Bowl berth, was enough to earn the Hampton, VA native a new contract.

Taylor agreed to a contract extension with Buffalo Friday. He was entering the final year of his current deal. His new contract is reportedly a six year deal worth $90 million.

“I’ve always had the mindset of just focusing on football,” Taylor told BuffaloBills.com. “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. So just thankful. It’s still sinking in right now. Football is what I want to do and I’m excited that I’m playing in Buffalo.”
Tyrod Taylor (Photo: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Tyrod Taylor (Photo: Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Selected by Baltimore in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the former Virginia Tech standout attempted only one pass as a rookie. He didn’t throw his first touchdown until 2015 in Buffalo. But those 20 TDs, against just six interceptions last year, showed the Bills Taylor has what it takes to be their QB1.

“In order to take those steps it has to come from the player,” Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman told the team’s website. “The player has to embrace the challenge of self-examination, self-awareness. He has done that A-plus, plus. I couldn’t be happier with his commitment to that process. He’s improving in every aspect of his game. I’m very happy with how he approaches his job.”

Taylor and the Bills open their preseason Saturday, at home, vs. Indianapolis.