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Broncos sign Phil Taylor

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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.

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13 Responses to “Broncos sign Phil Taylor”
  1. jjackwagon says: Feb 22, 2016 5:23 PM

    Taking a flyer and looking to replace D Ware’s pass rush production.

  2. broncodanny says: Feb 22, 2016 5:23 PM

    Not splashy but it’s something. C’mon Peyton, you’re holding us hostage. We gotta fill out a roster.

  3. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Feb 22, 2016 5:31 PM

    Malik is gone

  4. doggz109 says: Feb 22, 2016 5:45 PM

    Malik plays DE and Taylor is a NT. Just some depth behind Sylvester Williams and last years rookie Kilgo.

  5. stealthjunk says: Feb 22, 2016 5:57 PM

    Yep, this isn’t a replacement for Malik Jackson — different positions. However, I agree Malik will get way overpaid by some crappy team and be gone. It’s not a huge loss though — he’s an above average player, but not elite. He owes a lot of his big payday to the guys around him on the defense. Miller/Ware drew all the blockers’ attention and the secondary gave gave him coverage sacks. He will “magically” regress big time next season.

  6. TylerHills says: Feb 22, 2016 6:15 PM

    I’ve always been a Phil Taylor fan. I hope he does well.

  7. jagsfanugh says: Feb 22, 2016 6:23 PM

    Body for camp.

  8. campcre3k says: Feb 22, 2016 6:40 PM

    Really hope we don’t lose Malik; every team needs that dawg on defense.

  9. dumbpollack says: Feb 22, 2016 6:56 PM

    Big Phil was very solid when healthy and definitely has a nasty streak. The Browns gave up on him too soon(per usual)

  10. captainwhodat says: Feb 22, 2016 8:43 PM

    Browns loss, Broncos gain…typical…

  11. slick50ks says: Feb 22, 2016 10:31 PM

    A fat tub of worthless goo.

  12. mcc0902 says: Feb 23, 2016 1:59 AM

    Word is that he is going to compete with Kilgo to be the NT and they wanna move sly over to DE in case we lose Malik

  13. snowdood163 says: Feb 23, 2016 10:32 AM

    Kansas City Chief’s SB drought is 46 years and counting…

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