The decision to keep or cut Tyrod Taylor before the March 11 deadline is not Sean McDermott’s to make alone. But he feels he is in lockstep with general manager Doug Whaley as they grind through the process.
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“We are absolutely in accord,” McDermott said here at the combine on Wednesday. “Doug and I have gotten off to a great start. Doug and I have had great meetings; healthy, productive meetings. So sometimes you disagree but those disagreements are healthy. That goes for every meeting. At the end of the day we’re going to have the right decision for the Bills’ organization and I think Doug and I are off to a great start.”
When asked specifically who would have the final say, McDermott added: “Doug and I are going to work on this together … I’m counting on Doug and he’s counting on me. I have a lot of trust in Doug and his staff.”
Keeping Taylor, assuming he passes a physical, would set in motion $27.5 million committed to the Bills quarterback in 2017.
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While that seems unlikely, McDermott was not giving anything away during his first combine press conference as an NFL head coach. As part of the plan, he noted that he’s watched all of backup Cardale Jones’ practice tape and noted that he’s evaluating Taylor against potential options in free agency.
“Cardale is an option for us as well,” he said. “When you look at Cardale you do look at what he did in college as part of the evaluation. I’ve gone back and my staff has gone back and looked at all the practice tape and the last game of the year. We’re excited about working with Cardale just like we’re excited to work with all our players.”
He was not concerned about taking too much time and did not rule out waiting until the last minute to make a decision.
“If that’s what it takes, yes,” he said. “We’re going to be methodical in all the decisions we make.”
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Hyde comes to Buffalo from Green Bay, where the fifth-round defender piled up four sacks, eight picks, one forced fumble and five fumble recoveries over four campaigns with the Packers.
The 2013 fifth-rounder operated as a durable contributor in Green Bay, with 33 starts and 63 appearances over four campaigns. During that span he played both safety positions and nickel cornerback.
After dumping Nickell Robey-Coleman, it’s the slot position where Micah is likely to wind up in 2017. He struggled in that role in 2016, but new Bills coach Sean McDermott has a reputation for making the most out of his secondary.
McDermott must believe he can do that with Hyde considering the money involved.