Consider Bills veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams impressed with the new Bills regime.
The 33-year-old veteran and five-time Pro Bowler has already heard from head coach Sean McDermott and defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier, making him feel more than welcome should he opt to play again in 2017.
Williams is under contract for 2017, but told reporters after the season that he had some thinking to do when it came to his future.
“I’ve talked to our head guy a few times, D-coordinator, new D-line coach,” Williams told me after AFC practice Friday. “I’ve been in contact with them and I’ve been picking their brain. They’ve been picking mine just kind of seeing the direction they’re headed and the views of what we have. I’ve definitely had an ear back in Buffalo.
“(McDermott) seems to be on top of things. He’s asking me the right questions and he’s had some great answers for me. I think he’s going to do well.”
When asked if he had any indication of whether or not he was coming back, Williams sounded positive.
“You know, I really haven’t thought about it right now. Just been down here and the first few weeks of the offseason I’ve just tried to reconnect with my family and everything like that. But I always take a month or so off then I’ll get back to preparing like I’m going to be back in Buffalo and I’m going to play.
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“Talking with them, they want me back and I’m just going to prepare like I am. We’ll see where we end up.”
Williams had another five sacks this year, on top of 42 solo tackles and 22 assists. Despite coming off a meniscus surgery in 2015, he played up to his NFL jerseys wholesale and Pro Bowl standard again in 2016 and was Pro Football Focus’ highest-graded Bills defensive lineman this past year.
The team announced on Thursday that backup offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio jersey suffered a non-football injury to his hip after falling at his home. The 6-foot-7, 322-pound, 23-year-old underwent successful surgery on Wednesday and is expected to be ready for training camp, the Bills said in the press release.
Kouandjio has been mostly a disappointment since being drafted in the second-round in 2014. He started five games in 2016, filling in at left tackle when Cordy Glenn was out with injury.
Last May, Bills GM Doug Whaley said it would be a disappointment if Kouandjio didn’t win the right tackle gig. He lost out to Jordan Mills.
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Taylor played under a contract that had him set up to be paid handsomely in 2017 and beyond, but with somewhat of a prove-it season coming first in 2016. The quarterback was guaranteed $9.5 million during the term of his contract (which runs through 2021), but all of that money was due in 2016, leaving Buffalo free to cut ties after one season, conveniently before his cap hit jumps to $15.9 million. Judging by how the Bills decided to close the season — by benching Taylor in favor of seeing what EJ Manuel could do (and potentially to avoid an injury that would activate a $27.5 million injury guarantee in his contract) — Taylor would be justified if he felt uncertain about wholesale jerseys and his future in Buffalo.
Taylor was the apple of Buffalo’s eye in the immediate weeks after the end of the short-lived Kyle Orton era. Taylor was Rex Ryan’s guy, a pairing that produced a 15-16 record, but also had local columnists calling for both of their heads and cost Ryan his job near the end of another disappointing season. The lucrative deal’s escape clause has now risen to the forefront, and as the quarterback rehabs his repaired groin, he awaits any word from Bills leadership. So far, he hasn’t gotten any, though he reiterated he’d like to stay in Buffalo.
“Of course,” he said. “I know the team very well. I know how close we are as a team. I know the talent we have. We can be a very special team with the right leadership, and I believe we have some coaches there that are willing to go out there and make us work with cheap NFL jerseys and get us turned around. It’s just a sitting-and-waiting game right now.”
Quick Taylor stat dump: 269 of 436, 3,023 yards passing, 17 touchdowns, six interceptions, 580 yards rushing, six rushing touchdowns, three fumbles. At least six other teams in the NFL would take those numbers right now.
But logic says, considering Buffalo’s less-than-concrete conviction in the quarterback situation, it’s more likely than not that the Bills will cut ties with Taylor and save the hefty cap space to invest elsewhere. The problem for Buffalo, though, is there isn’t a clear guy to give the keys. EJ Manuel was as we’d expect in Week 17 (9 of 20, 86 yards passing in a forgettable loss to the Jets), which doesn’t inspire confidence in Buffalo’s future with him under center.
As Taylor continues to heal and wait, he might be wise to consider a home outside of western New York. It’s likely he already is doing so.