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Three Bills invited to Pro Bowl

January 23, 2017 - 10:25 am
The Buffalo Bills had three more players invited to the National Football League's Pro Bowl in Orlando, bringing the total number of Bills invited to seven, the most for the team since 1998 when there were six players invited.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, and linebacker Zach Brown are the latest Bills invited to take part in this upcoming weekend's festivities.  They join Richie Incognito, LeSean McCoy, Kyle Williams, and Lorenzo Alexander as players who were either initially selected or invited due to other players being unable to participate.

It is the second straight season that Taylor has been invited to the Pro Bowl, but he has already confirmed that he will not play after undergoing offseason surgery on January 5.
Taylor was invited to last year's Pro Bowl as an alternate after throwing for over 3,000 yards, 20 touchdowns and six interceptions in 14 games started. He also had a good year on the ground with 568 total yards and four touchdowns.

This year, Taylor was once again invited as an alternate after another 3,000 yard season along with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions in 15 games started. Taylor had another impressive year on the ground, leading the NFL with 580 total yards with six touchdowns.

In his two seasons as the Bills starting quarterback, Taylor has led the Bills to a 14-14 record but has failed to get the Bills to the playoffs. Taylor is due for a contract extension at the start of the 2017 NFL year which will pay him $27.5 million in the 2017 season. The team does have the option to decline giving Taylor the extension, but he is not medically cleared by the start of the new year he is guaranteed the $27.5 million.

As for Gilmore, he will be playing in his first career Pro Bowl after being invited as a Pro Bowl alternate. Gilmore put up a career-high five interceptions in 15 games played this season. Gilmore also registered 48 combined tackles and 12 passes defended in his fifth season with the franchise. 
Gilmore is due to be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new NFL year. Gilmore was Buffalo's first round pick (10th overall) in the 2012 NFL Draft and has registered 226 combined tackles, 14 interceptions, and 62 passes defended in 68 career games played.
Brown heads to Orlando for his first career Pro Bowl appearance after recording a team-high and career-high 149 tackles, which ranked as the second in the NFL. Brown’s 149 tackles tied for the fifth-most ever by a Bill in franchise history since tackles became a stat in 1994. In addition, Brown accumulated four sacks, two forced fumbles, eight quarterback hits, one interception and eleven tackles for a loss on the season.
Brown will be replacing New England Patriots LB Dont’a Hightower, who is unable to participate due to injury. Brown is also set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start if the new NFL year.

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