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NFL Rumor Central: Taylor's agent blames defense for missing playoffs

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Tyrod Taylor's agent, Adisa P. Bakari, doesn't think it's fair to blame the quarterback for the Buffalo Bills' inability to make the playoffs last season. On SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bakari claimed that Taylor was exceptional in 2015 and the defense and discipline were responsible for Buffalo missing out on the postseason.

Taylor is the unquestioned leader at quarterback going into 2016, but the long-term future for the position in Buffalo seems far from certain. The Bills have made it clear from the start of the offseason that they are interested in adding another quarterback. As Dan Parr of NFL.com notes, Buffalo has been doing its homework on the top QB prospects in the draft. From Jared Goff and Carson Wentz at the top of the draft to mid-round projects Cardale Jones and Connor Cook, Buffalo has been meeting with and evaluating each tier of prospects from the 2016 class. According to Joe Buscaglia of WKBW Buffalo, the interest Buffalo has shown in drafting a QB could indicate just how far apart Taylor and the Bills are on signing a contract past this season.

Taylor is playing on the last season of a deal that will pay him only $3.13 million this year, far below the market for starting-caliber QBs. General Manager Doug Whaley had reached out to Taylor's party about a contract extension in February, but nearly a month later there was still a bridge to gap in negotiations. Buscaglia believes Bakari's public statements will not go over well within the Bills facility, regardless of the merit his argument may hold.

With only one season as a starter under his belt, Buffalo would be wise to take its time negotiating Taylor's new deal. As Buscaglia notes, even if Buffalo waits the whole season and fails to reach a deal with Taylor, it would still have the franchise tag at its disposal as a far-off last resort.