Buffalo, at least temporarily, is Nathan Peterman’s team now.
In 2015, Tyrod Taylor was the first Bills quarterback to make it to the Pro Bowl since Drew Bledsoe in 2003. His replacement, Nathan Peterman, set an NFL record by throwing five interceptions in the first half of his first start.
And despite that, Taylor couldn’t keep his job in western New York.
But he’ll have a strong chance of starting in the NFL again after getting traded to the Cleveland Browns on Friday for a third-round pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
What does this mean for the Bills?: It wasn’t difficult to see Taylor’s departure coming. He was a candidate to be cut last spring before restructuring his contract with the team. The writing on the wall got even darker when he was benched for Peterman in Week 11 despite a 5-4 record. While Taylor would return to mark 14 starts on the season, the franchise’s lack of faith in him meant his days in New York were numbered.
Buffalo will save more than $10 million in cap space this offseason by moving Taylor elsewhere. That should leave more than $40 million in spending cash for this year’s crop of free agents. With the skeleton of a playoff roster intact, expect to see the Bills make some bold moves this spring — especially when it comes to quarterbacks.
What does this mean for the Browns?: Taylor now joins a young roster that added Jarvis Landry earlier Friday.
Taylor should still be able to compete for a starting role in Cleveland, but he’s probably a stopgap solution as a mentor for a young quarterback. The Browns own the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the first round and will likely use one to draft the team’s presumptive quarterback of the future.
It’s a cheap way to get a veteran in the fold, but perhaps what’s most interesting is that it probably means the Browns aren’t ready to make a big move for AJ McCarron in free agency. Taylor is likely the starting quarterback in Cleveland in 2018.