With one game remaining in the 2015 regular season, Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor is on the verge of earning an extra $1 million.
He'll do so if he plays even a small portion of offensive snaps in this weekend's season finale against the New York Jets. To date this season, Taylor has played 848 out of 1,000 offensive snaps taken by the Bills, according to data provided by the NFL (and consolidated here). He will trigger a contract escalator that pays him $1 million if he plays 80 percent of snaps this season, according to a report from Field Yates of ESPN.com.
Taylor has also already triggered an escalator that will void the third of his three-year deal, making him a free agent after the 2016 season concludes. He did so by playing more than 50 percent of the Bills' offensive snaps this season.
The $1 million that Taylor will likely earn adds to the $400,000 signing bonus and $750,000 base salary that Taylor has already earned this season (according to Spotrac.com). The same money escalators, based on playing time, exist in the 2016 year of Taylor's contract, as well.
Taylor, who is reportedly a Pro Bowl alternate in his first year as a starter, ranks third in the NFL among quarterbacks with 517 rushing yards this season. He also has three rushing touchdowns. As a passer, he's completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 2,674 yards (at 8.0 yards per attempt) with 20 touchdowns, six interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 101.8.