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ORCHARD PARK, N. Authentic Nike React UK .Y. -- One season was enough for Tyrod Taylor to convince the Buffalo Bills he has the potential to be their franchise quarterback.Now he has the contract to start proving it.The Bills signed Taylor to a six-year contract Friday, a day before Buffalo opens the preseason by hosting Indianapolis. The Bills announced the signing, and a person with direct knowledge of the deal revealed some of its details to The Associated Press.The extension replaces the remaining year Taylor had left on his contract and will pay him more than $30 million over the first two seasons, the person said. The deal gives Taylor lucrative incentives over the course of the contract, but also provides the Bills flexibility to opt out of a portion of the deal, the person added.The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity because the Bills have not revealed those details.Joined by his parents and agent, Adisa Bakari, Taylor thanked the Bills for giving him the opportunity to play last year, and the faith they had in offering him the extension.It definitely shows that theyre all in, which is what our phrase is for this year, Taylor said, referring to the teams motto. This contract is not going to change my mindset or my focus. Am I happy that it got done? Yes. But Im ready to play football.He accepted how the contract is structured, addressing both sides needs with incentives and opt-out clauses.Every year you have something to prove, Taylor said. At the end of the day, guys get judged by wins and losses, and my goal is to help the Bills have more wins than losses.General manager Doug Whaley said the extension is based on how Taylor performed last year as a first-time starter and the leadership hes shown this offseason.We look at it as what hes done so far is the baseline. Where hes going is the upside that we have whole-hearted belief that he can achieve, Whaley said. Is anything in this business 100 percent? Absolutely not. But we feel confident. The best part about it is anybodys whos been around Tyrod, he makes you feel confident not only in him but where hes going.Taylor displayed dynamic dual-threat potential with his strong arm and scrambling ability in going 8-6 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.He missed two games with a knee injury.Taylor spent his first four seasons serving as Joe Flaccos backup in Baltimore before signing with the Bills in free agency in March 2015. He won the No. 1 job in Buffalo following a three-way offseason competition against former starter E.J. Manuel and Matt Cassel.Taylor has already shown signs of becoming more confident and taking on a larger leadership role by being more assertive in the huddle.Coach Rex Ryan and offensive coordinator Greg Roman project Taylor building off of last season because hes more familiar with the playbook and personnel.His ascension was not a surprise when you look at his personal makeup, Whaley said. So were excited about where its going to go from here.Buffalos offense made significant jumps under Taylor last year, and after the team retooled its roster by adding several established threats, including running back LeSean McCoy and tight end Charles Clay.The Bills led the NFL with 2,432 yards rushing and finished 13th with 5,775 net yards offense, the most since 1992.Taylor becomes the latest candidate to fill what has been an unsettled position in Buffalo since Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly retired after the 1996 season. Since then, the Bills have had 12 quarterbacks, including Taylor, start at least eight games. Its a group that included Todd Collins, Drew Bledsoe, J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards and Kyle Orton.Taylor becomes Buffalos third quarterback to earn a contract extension since Kelly retired, joining Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2011 and Doug Flutie in 1999.Fitzpatricks extension, a six-year, $59 million deal, was notable because it failed to pan out. 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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Evan Payne scored 19 points and Long Beach State rallied in the final minutes to beat hosts Oregon State 71-67 in the Dam City Classic at the Moda Center on Friday night.Stephen Thompson Jr. and Drew Eubanks had 17 points apiece for the Beavers, who have lost four straight.Oregon State (3-8) led by as many as seven points in the second half, but Jordan Griffins 3-pointer tied it at 52 before Justin Bibbins hit a pair of free throws to give the 49ers (3-10) the lead with 4:06 left.JaQuori McLaughlins layup got the Beavers within 62-61, but Gabe Levin got a basket and a free throw with 1:31 to go. After Ben Kones 3-pointer pulled Oregon State within a point, Levin again answered with a layup to keep the 49ers in front 67-64.The two sides traded free throws before Thompson went to the line for Oregon State, making the first free throw and missing the second. He was unable to make the rebound and Roschon Prince closed with free throws for the final margin.You could just tell it was two teams trying to find an identity, Long Beach coach Dan Monson said. Im just glad we stuck together.In the Dam City opening game earlier Friday, Portland defeated South Dakota 85-82 on Gabe Taylors 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left. Portland plays Oregon State in the final game on Sunday.I really love the effort. Our guys battled against a team that -- dont look at their record, theyve played an unbelievable schedule, Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle said. They came in here to get after us and I thought our guys played toe-to-toe. It came down to them making plays and we didnt.Both teams struggled to hit shots at the start, and eight minutes in Long Beach State led by 4-2. Halfway into the first half, the 49ers led 8-4. Combined the teams had 12 turnovers through the first 10 minutes.The offense picked up as the game went on. McLaughlins 3-pointer gave the Beavers a 22-16 lead with 3:51 left, and Oregon State led 29-25 at the break.Payne led the 49ers with 10 points at the break.. Clearance Nike React UK. . Payne was named Big West Player of the Week last week after scoring 26 points in a 71-65 loss at Texas last Saturday, and 17 points in a victory over Pepperdine earlier in the week.Payne hit consecutive 3-pointers to pull Long Beach State into a 33-all tie, but Thompson answered with his own 3 to keep the Beavers in front. Oregon State stretched the lead to 48-41 on Drew Eubanks hook shot.Oregon State was coming off a disappointing 93-90 overtime loss to Savannah State on Sunday.The Beavers have been stung by the loss of leading scorer Tres Tinkle, coach Tinkles son, who missed his fifth straight game after breaking a bone in his non-shooting hand. Tinkle was averaging 20.2 points before the injury.Oregon State was also without junior forward Keondre Dew, who has been suspended indefinitely by coach Tinkle.The two teams hadnt met since 2000, when the Beavers won 78-66 in Hilo, Hawaii. Fridays game was just the fifth meeting in the all-time series, with the teams splitting the first four.BIG PICTURELong Beach State: Coach Dan Monson does not shy away from tough nonconference schedules, but it comes at a cost. This season the 49ers were 0-7 against Power Five conference schools before the victory over the Beavers. All of those games have been on the road. When youre a mid-major school, thats always the standard, Monson said. ... Long Beach State was picked to finish atop the Big West in the preseason conference poll.Oregon State: Gary Payton, A.C. Green and Terry Porter all attended the game. Porter, the former Trail Blazers guard, is the new head coach of the Portland Pilots, who won the opening game. Payton and Green are both former Beavers.UP NEXTLong Beach State: The 49ers return to the Walter Pyramid to host Colorado State on Thursday.Oregon State: The Beavers play Portland in the Dam City finale at the Moda Center on Sunday. ' ' '