Tyrod Taylor will be playing the 2016 season on a deal that carries a cap hit of $3.133 million. This is quite the deal for the Buffalo Bills considering that Taylor threw for 3,035 yards and added another 568 yards rushing in 14 games last year, while accounting for 24 touchdowns (20 passing, 4 rushing).
Considering his production last year in his first season as a starter, ESPN Insider's Mike Sando selected Taylor for the Bills when selecting Buffalo's most team-friendly contract.
Tyrod Taylor, QB
Taylor is entering the second year of a three-year, $3.35 million deal with just $1.1 million guaranteed. Colt McCoy and Shaun Hill are among the backup quarterbacks earning more. The deal's final year (2017) voided when Taylor played half the offensive snaps in 2015. Still, this is a great deal for Buffalo.
This is likely the last time that Taylor will be considered as having the most team-friendly contract. If he performs well in his second season as starter, the Bills will give Taylor a deal that pays him the going-rate for quarterbacks.
As for the rest of the AFC East, Sando selected the following players:
Reshad Jones, SS
Jones has no guaranteed money over the final two years of the four-year deal he signed in 2013. His base salaries are decent ($7.2 million and $7.0 million), but all the risk is his at this point.
New England Patriots
Chris Long, DE
The Patriots committed less than $2.4 million to Long on a one-year deal. The 2016 cash totals for Long and 2015 defensive addition Jabaal Sheard approximate what New England would have paid for Chandler Jones had the Patriots not traded him to Arizona.
New York Jets
Brandon Marshall, WR
Marshall has a league-leading 45 touchdown catches since 2012 while catching passes from Jay Cutler, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh McCown, Geno Smith and Jason Campbell. The other players in the top five had Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Tony Romo as their primary quarterbacks. Marshall is set to earn $17 million over the next two seasons, with $9.5 million guaranteed.