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Tyrod Taylor staying with the Bills makes the most sense for both sides

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Taylor is risk-averse with the football in his hands, but he doesn't put your team in bad situations.

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Tyrod Taylor will get another chance to line up under center for the Buffalo Bills, as the franchise decided to keep the 27-year-old for at least another season on a restructured contract, the team announced Wednesday. He signed a six-year contract extension with Buffalo in 2016 and is expected to earn $12 million in 2017.

Taylor had an option for 2017 that was set to be worth $27.5 million, but a restructured deal works out better for both sides. Although Taylor has shown potential, nearly $30 million was too steep for Buffalo.

Taylor was inconsistent in 2016, throwing for 3,023 yards, 17 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Indeed, the one-time Pro Bowler wasn't a turnover machine, but he didn't take chances down the field and struggled with accuracy. Last season, Taylor completed under 60 percent of his passes five times.

Toward the end of last season, Bills general manager Doug Whaley didn't sound committed to Taylor, but this was a move the Bills felt they had to make. This is a weak year for free agent quarterbacks, with players like Mike Glennon expected to make around $15 million. A restructured deal with Taylor makes more sense than paying the same amount, or more, for greater uncertainty.

Taylor is not a prolific passer like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers, but he is a dual-threat quarterback who can make plays with his arm talent and legs. He is risk-averse with the football in his hands, but didn't put the Bills in bad situations. Over the past two seasons, he threw 37 touchdowns and just 12 interceptions.

The Bills still have Cardale Jones on the roster, but he’s entering his second year in the season and still unproven. EJ Manuel, the Bills’ first-round pick in 2013 and former starting quarterback, is now a free agent.

Now that Taylor will return to the Bills in 2017, the team can focus on major draft needs like receiver and cornerback.

Buffalo’s new head coach Sean McDermott, like a lot all first-time head coaches, wants continuity at quarterback and Taylor provides that. If Buffalo can surround the veteran quarterback with more playmakers, this team could make a run for the playoffs in 2017.