Friday’s roundup: Bills sign Taylor to 6-year deal
Orchard Park, N.Y. — The Bills have placed their faith in quarterback Tyrod Taylor by signing him to a six-year contract extension.
The team announced the deal Friday, which was reached a day before the Bills open their exhibition season by hosting the Colts.
Taylor was entering the final year of his contract and set make a $2 million base salary this season.
The extension replaces the remaining year Taylor had left on his contract and guarantees to pay him $90 million, The Buffalo News reported.
“It definitely shows that they’re all in, which is what our phrase is for this year,” Taylor said, referring to the team’s motto. “This contract is not going to change my mindset or my focus. Am I happy that it got done? Yes. But I’m ready to play football.”
Taylor is being rewarded for going 8-6 as a first-time starter last season.
He completed 242 of 380 attempts for 3,035 yards passing, and threw 20 touchdown passes, 14 going 20 yards or longer.
And he set the franchise record for quarterbacks with 586 yards rushing and scored four times.
Taylor spent his first four seasons serving as Joe Flacco’s backup in Baltimore.
A former NFL player with a history of mental illness has been charged with assaulting a woman and her daughter outside a Florida hotel.
Palm Beach County court documents show Barret Robbins, 42, is facing two felony battery counts.
Authorities say Robbins allegedly approached the woman and her daughter randomly outside the hotel Monday and began punching them repeatedly.
Robbins then sat down on a bench.
Robbins was an All-Pro center for the Raiders who missed the team’s 2003 Super Bowl game after disappearing the day before. He was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
In 2005, he was shot several times during a brawl with police in Miami Beach and pleaded guilty to five charges.
... Colin Kaepernick did not throw the football for a second straight day at practice for the 49ers as he deals with tightness in his throwing shoulder.
... The Titans claimed linebacker Amarlo Herrera off waivers from the Colts.
Friday night’s games
(At) New England 34, New Orleans 22: Jimmy Garoppolo made his preseason debut, spreading the ball around for 168 yards, and Jamie Collins added a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown to help the Patriots beat the Saints.
Denver 22, (at) Chicago 0: Mark Sanchez made a strong opening argument for Denver’s starting quarterback job, throwing for 99 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter in the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos’ victory over Chicago.
(At) N.Y. Jets 17, Carolina 13: Blake Bortles (6 of 7 for 105 yards) led Jacksonville on two scoring drives, the second capped by Chris Ivory’s 1-yard run against his former team, in a loss to New York. Allen Robinson Allen Robinson caught three passes for 80 yards.
(At) Atlanta 23, Washington 17: Matt Schaub made a successful return to his first NFL home, passing for 179 yards and leading three scoring drives in Atlanta’s victory over Washington. Washington starter Kirk Cousins (Michigan State) completed each of his five passes for 39 yards on his only possession.
(At) Philadelphia 17, Tampa Bay 9: No. 2 overall draft pick Carson Wentz played just more than a half at quarterback for the Eagles. Perhaps his most noteworthy play came when he went flying acrobatically on a fourth-quarter run after a tackle by rookie cornerback Javien Elliott.
Oakland 31, (at) Arizona 10: Carson Palmer directed a 73-yard drive for a field goal in his one series before the Oakland Raiders backups dominated their Arizona counterparts. Derek Carr played two series for Oakland, the second one ending in Sebastian Janikowski's 53-yard field goal.