BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Tyrod Taylor spoke Thursday evening at One Bills Drive, as the franchise hitched its wagon to the signal caller as starting quarterback for the next two years at a reported $30.5 million, with 15.5 million guaranteed.
The Bills have their signal caller set for 2017, and Taylor gets to continue to call Buffalo home.
"This is the place to be. Like I've said from Day 1, my commitment is to this team, to this community, to do whatever it takes to get a winning tradition back and I'm still committed to doing that each and every day," Taylor said.
Meanwhile, three guys who've played their entire career in Buffalo after they were drafted by the franchise are moving on.
Stephon Gilmore is getting paid by the New England Patriots for a reported five-year, $65 million deal with $40M guaranteed. The 10th overall pick in 2012, Gilmore made the Pro Bowl for the first time last season after a career-high five interception.
Robert Woods is going home to Los Angeles after signing a reported five-year deal with his hometown Rams. Woods was a 2nd round pick by the Bills in 2013.
Aaron Williams was released by the Bills. After a shaky start to his career as a cornerback, Williams blossomed into a hard-hitting fan favorite at safety. All told, he spent six seasons all with the Bills, but played only 10 games the past two years because of serious neck injuries.
The Bills brought in two safeties out of the five guys they signed: the versatile Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer.
"There’s a term that we use called position flexibility," said Head Coach Sean McDermott. Versatility, position flexibility, same as – that’s important. You look at Micah Hyde: Micah’s been a returner, he’s played safety, and I mentioned corner and nickel. That’s important for us."
Hyde, Poyer and the three other signed free agents in kicker Stephen Hauschka, fullback Patrick DeMarco and offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse are set to be introduced Friday at noon in Orchard Park.