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Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor contemplates future as he heads to free agency

Tyrod Taylor warms up before last week's playoff game against the New England Patriots. The Ravens' backup quarterback didn't throw a pass in a game all season.
Tyrod Taylor warms up before last week's playoff game against the New England Patriots. The Ravens' backup quarterback didn't throw a pass in a game all season. (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)

Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor didn't throw a pass in a game this season, marking the first time that's happened in his NFL career.

As the backup to Joe Flacco for the past four years, Taylor has never started a game.

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Now, Taylor is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after his four-year, $2.155 million rookie contract expired. Taylor appeared in one game this season, running the football four times for minus-three yards.

"That's the nature of the game," Taylor said of playing infrequently. "I knew that coming into this situation. When I got drafted here, Joe was pretty durable. My job was to stay ready and I think I've done that in my time here. I've learned a lot.

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"I've been reliable. The coaches have confidence in me. It's just a fresh start. I knew the reality was coming. I have had time to think about it and we'll see what's the plan moving forward."

A former Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Year from Virginia Tech, Taylor was drafted in the sixth round in 2011. He has completed 19 of 35 career passes for 199 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions and a 47.2 quarterback rating. He's rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries, operating in the Wildcat some in 2013.

The Ravens drafted Keith Wenning in the sixth round last year, but he spent the season on the practice squad. The Ravens also signed Bryn Renner to a reserve-future deal.

There are scenarios where Taylor could return, or he may wind up signing with another NFL team. If this is the end of his tenure with the Ravens, Taylor earned a Super Bowl ring and provided a solid presence as the backup to Flacco.

"It's kind of fresh right now," said Taylor, a former prep All-American as the nation's top dual-threat quarterback and passed for 7,017 yards and 44 touchdowns in college. "I've tried to keep that conversation away from me and my agent these past couple of weeks and try to focus on this season.

"It's something I now have time to think about and weigh my options and see what's best for me moving forward. I think both [coming back or leaving] could be good options. It's too early to call right now. I have to weigh it out, pray on it and hopefully God moves your heart in the right way."

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