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Doug Whaley: “Some work to be done” in Tyrod Taylor extension talks

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LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Tyrod Taylor #5 of the Buffalo Bills drops back to pass against the Washington Redskins in the second quarter at FedExField on December 20, 2015 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Matt Hazlett/Getty Images)

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The Bills have quarterback Tyrod Taylor under contract for one more season, which has led to some discussion about whether the team will pursue an extension with him now rather than waiting to see what happens on the field in 2016.

General Manager Doug Whaley’s shown a willingness to play things both ways, saying in January that Taylor is in the process of earning a new deal and that next season will be “a chance to prove” he’s a long-term answer for the offense. February had Whaley talking about delving more into talks with Taylor about a new deal, although Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News reported recently that there’s been little progress on that front.

Whaley sent the same message from the league meetings on Monday, saying that “there’s some work to be done” if there’s going to be any agreement with Taylor on a new deal. Whaley said he didn’t think that the gap was “insurmountable” and that the team was open to extensions of varying length.

Taylor certainly has his own ideas on that front and may not want to sign a two-year deal like Sam Bradford’s when he’s a year away from either a franchise tag or further establishing himself as a starter worthy of a longer, even more lucrative commitment. If that’s the case, we’ll probably be talking a lot about Taylor and the future of the Bills quarterback position early in the 2017 offseason.