Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor will take the field against his former team this Sunday afternoon in Baltimore, looking to get off to a fast start to the 2016 season.
Taylor was the Ravens backup quarterback for four seasons, from 2011-2014, and showed the coaches and his teammates that he was capable of being a starting quarterback in this league. Through hard work and dedication, Taylor displayed his talents for the Ravens in practice and in preseason action. Taylor sat back and waited for his opportunity, until that opportunity came last year as he signed a free agent deal with the Bills and went on to have a Pro Bowl season, cementing himself as the Bills quarterback for many years to come.
The Baltimore Ravens players and coaches have had nothing but praise for their former teammate. Including head coach John Harbaugh, who has been one of many who believed that Taylor could become a starting quarterback in the NFL. On Wednsday during a conference call with Buffalo reporters, Harbaugh actually revealed something rather interesting. Per ESPN's Buffalo Bills reporter Mike Rodak, Harbaugh said the team tried to trade Taylor. "There were times when I was hoping we could find a way to trade him and get something back of value," Harbaugh said. "That never materialized. It usually doesn't, so it was a hope on my part."
Later in the day, Tyrod Taylor said that he did hear talks of a trade and that one of the teams that were interested in him was the then Rex Ryan coached New York Jets. Looking back it does hurt that the Ravens never got anything in return for Taylor whether be a trade or even a compensatory pick after Taylor signed with Buffalo last year. The deal he signed at the time was 3-years worth up to $3.35 million and was not a big enough contract to qualify for a compensatory pick.
Now Tyrod Taylor enters Sunday’s game with a newly signed 6-year, $92 million contract extension with the Bills and will be playing with a massive chip on his shoulder against his former team. With the Ravens defensive struggles in the secondary and Elvis Dumervil out, this could be a big return for the former Virginia Tech Hokie.