Adisa Bakari, the agent of quarterback Tyrod Taylor, warned the Buffalo Bills that if his player is not given a proper raise, then he could leave the team and sign with another franchise that's willing to give him more money. However, based on the response of head coach Rex Ryan, it seems there's a good chance that the Bills will lose Taylor next season.
Taylor joined the Bills after signing a 3-year contract worth $3.35 million. For a quarterback in today's league, that number seems quite low especially considering Taylor contributions to the team.
This is primarily why Bakari stressed that the Bills need to extend his client's contract and pay him more. He also reminded the team that a year from now, Taylor will become a free agent and if he's not happy with what he's getting from the Bills, then this could greatly influence his decision in signing with another team, Pro Football Talk reported.
"It's the Bills' prerogative to do what they want to do as it relates to Tyrod Taylor or any other Bills player," the agent told Buffalo News. "Fortunately, there are 31 other teams that have watched and will be watching Tyrod."
"And the fact of the matter is what Tyrod was able to do as a first-time starter in 2015 was give the Bills the best quarterback play they've had since Jim Kelly," Bakari added. "If that isn't enough to warrant an extension, I don't know what will be."
It's probably safe to say that Bakari is only looking out for what's best for his client and for himself. After all, aside from being a professional sports league, the NFL also falls under the business industry.
However, earlier this week, coach Ryan responded to Bakari's demands and noted that granting a player a contract extension is not as easy as it looks. He explained that decisions such as this required analyzing the team as a whole.
"I think the agent's probably the most disappointed of all, obviously," he said during the NFL owners' meeting according to New York Upstate. "But there's a football team to run, not just one player."
"For the agent, you know, he's got a player, so I get it," he added. "But you have to do what's in the best interest of your team and not just one player."
Bakari has not yet issued a statement responding to Ryan's reply but given the current situation, it seems Taylor's contract extension and raise are not up for negotiations for the Bills.