By Mike RodakESPN Staff Writer
Monday was the first day NFL teams were allowed to release or waive players who are under contract for the 2018 season.
The Buffalo Bills have about six weeks to make a decision about quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is due a roster bonus on March 16. If the Bills pay Taylor the $6 million bonus, it would be a strong indication they intend to keep him on their roster in 2018. Paying the bonus would provide insurance for the Bills against not finding another quarterback, but if the Bills later trade or release Taylor, the $6 million could be viewed as a waste of salary-cap space.
If the Bills trade Taylor, they would save $16 million of his $18.08 million salary-cap number. However, in 2018 they would incur $5.56 million in dead money that would otherwise hit the Bills' cap in 2019 from the restructuring of Taylor's contract last year, which caused the 2019 through 2021 years of his deal to void after the February 2019 Super Bowl.
If the Bills release Taylor, the team would save $15 million of his $18 million cap number. Whether the additional $5.56 million in dead money hits the Bills' cap in 2018 or 2019 would depend on whether Taylor is designated as a pre- or post-June 1 release. If the Bills make Taylor a post-June 1 release -- which they could not do until March 14 -- his entire $18 million would remain against the Bills' salary cap until June 1, at which point the Bills would save $15 million in 2018 and have Taylor count $5.56 million against the cap in...