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Browns pick up fifth-year option on Phil Taylor

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Phil Taylor has gotten his wish.

The Browns have picked up the fifth-year option on the defensive tackle, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

There was some question as to whether the Browns would, given his status as a two-down player and the $5.5 million price tag for 2015.

But given the cut-rate first four years of rookie deals under the new CBA, and it’s easy to look at the cost for five years and justify it. Taylor will make just over $8 million in his first four seasons, so he’s still a very affordable player.

How he fits into a hybrid 3-4 defense will be interesting, as he’s been good against the run, but generally came off the field in obvious passing situations.

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9 Responses to “Browns pick up fifth-year option on Phil Taylor”
  1. greeksensation says: May 2, 2014 11:45 AM

    Taylor is a beast and would have commanded more on the open market. No brainer!

  2. thestrategyexpert says: May 2, 2014 11:49 AM

    Smart move considering the DT rates are some relatively tolerable numbers. Just adds to more curiosity as to why the Lions wouldn’t do the same with Nick Fairley.

  3. savocabol1 says: May 2, 2014 11:56 AM

    No reason not to

  4. NoobTubeTV says: May 2, 2014 12:13 PM

    He is going to be among the best DTs (even as a 2-down player) in the league.

  5. vikesr4reel says: May 2, 2014 12:20 PM

    Move the browns to LA, not my Vikes!!

  6. kosarkid says: May 2, 2014 1:07 PM

    My only question is why did they wait so long to do it?

  7. Matt dog from C-town says: May 2, 2014 1:40 PM

    Another good move by the new regime!

  8. kwjsb says: May 2, 2014 1:45 PM

    Put good LB’s behind Taylor and Rubin and the game is under control.

  9. ssaam27 says: May 3, 2014 3:51 AM

    This move is just as important as adding someone in free agency. Great move by the Regime. Please add another DT before you waste time with QB’s who won’t be starters.

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