The Broncos have signed former Browns first-round defensive tackle Phil Taylor, ESPN’s Field Yates reported Monday.
Taylor was out of football last season due to a knee injury. The Browns cut him in training camp last summer despite his fifth-year option on his rookie contract making his salary guaranteed.
Taylor visited with some other teams following his release, including the Steelers, but never signed a contract.
Tom Heckert, now the director of pro personnel with the Broncos, was general manager of the Browns when they traded down in the first round in 2011 and selected Taylor. The Broncos probably see Taylor as a low-risk/high-reward addition to a talented defensive line that could lose Malik Jackson in free agency.
Though he was never dominant, Taylor was solid when healthy for the Browns. He had seven sacks in his first three seasons but was limited to four games in 2014.