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Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor's surgery puts $27.5M in play

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Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor's surgery puts $27.5M in play
Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) dodges a tackle by New England Patriots defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard (93) on a four-yard keeper in the third quarter at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on October 2, 2016. The Bills defeated the Patriots 16-0. Photo by Matthew Healey/ UPI | License Photo

Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor underwent surgery to repair a core muscle issue on Thursday.

Taylor, whose recovery time is estimated to be six weeks, could be on another timetable of sorts.

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Buffalo has a decision to make on the quarterback's contract prior to March 11. If Taylor can't pass a physical by that date, the team will be contractually obligated to pay the 27-year-old $27.5 million in guaranteed money.

That would keep Taylor under contract with the Bills, and they might be stuck with him even if the incoming head coach does not have Taylor in his plans.

Buffalo issued a statement confirming Taylor's surgery on Thursday.

"Bills QB Tyrod Taylor had a consultation visit yesterday with Dr. William Meyers and elected to have surgery this morning," the team said. "The Bills were informed late yesterday of this morning's procedure."

The reason Taylor did not start the final game of the season against the New York Jets is that Buffalo did not want him to get hurt, so it could keep its options open.

If Taylor passes the physical, the Bills can elect not to exercise their option on Taylor and let him become a free agent. Buffalo would be hit with only a "dead money" hit of $2.853 million on its 2017 salary cap.

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Taylor threw for 3,023 yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions in 15 games this season.

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