The Bills traded away Sammy Watkins and acquired Jordan Matthews, who immediately got injured and missed the rest of preseason. After a poor performance by Taylor in the second game — 8-of-18 passing, 53 yards, two interceptions — McDermott said that he was still the starter but the team will “evaluate everything,” which is hardly a strong vote of confidence. Then he got concussed and missed a couple of weeks of practice, bringing us to where we are now.
So while Taylor is the Week 1 starter, it certainly feels like his leash is getting shorter with a coaching staff that didn’t draft him. With the Bills in full rebuilding mode and the roster mostly gutted of expensive veterans, they probably don’t see Taylor in their long-term plans — his new contract guarantees only $1 million in 2018, per Over the Cap. It would not be totally surprising if Peterman makes starts in 2017, even when Taylor doesn’t have an injury scare.
That made Brooks too important opposite Aaron Lynch, who missed time last season with a suspension and injury. Lynch also reported to camp overweight but is getting back into football shape. The 49ers also upgraded the pass rush by adding Elvis Dumervil in free agency and Solomon Thomas with the third overall pick in the 2017 draft. That makes Brooks less of a priority.
Brooks is 33 now, and he’s coming off a year in which he put up 53 tackles and six sacks. He has value as a pass rusher and surely some team will bring him in on the open market, but Cheap Professional Jerseys he likely won’t get near the number he was set to be paid by the 49ers this season.
Brooks has played in 133 career games, with 370 tackles, 53.5 sacks, three Cheap Original Soccer Jerseys interceptions, and 12 forced fumbles.