Browns see future in former Bills QB Taylor

Damarious Randall to Cleveland

Damarious Randall to Cleveland

The teams came to terms on the deal Friday, said the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NFL rules prohibit trades from being announced until next week when free agency opens and the league's new calendar year begins.

Browns acquired QB Tyrod Taylor from the Bills in exchange for the No. 65 overall pick in the 2018 National Football League draft. The days of trading picks for next year look to be over.

Cleveland still owns the first and fourth overall pick in this year's draft. He was by far the highest-profile Dolphins player eligible for free agency, and perhaps the best player on an offense that sputtered with quarterback Jay Cutler.

Why? Cleveland made three aggressive trades under Dorsey Friday. "ON MY MAMA", Landry wrote on Twitter after ESPN and NFL Network broke the news of the trade.


Cleveland will reportedly send quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Packers in the deal for Randall. Taylor or a first-round QB would be working with Barkley and Duke Johnson in the backfield and a group of receivers that includes Landry, Gordon, Corey Coleman and tight end David Njoku. Expect the Browns to make more bold moves in free agency and in that NFL Draft, too.

Taylor, 28, carries only one year of starter's money ($18 million cap hit, per overthecap.com) on his current contract, so he sets up as a flawless stop-gap for a more affordable rookie quarterback who can sit for a year and learn, or replace Taylor halfway through 2018 if he's ready.

Sherman played only nine games in 2017 before sustaining a season-ending ruptured Achilles tendon. In 2016, he regressed badly, and when thrown at over the season surrendered a monstrous passer rating of 112.8, thanks to surrendering 10 touchdowns (playoffs included). That was seemingly a negotiation tactic by the Bills, who had to create a trade market for Taylor during an offseason in which free-agent quarterbacks - from Kirk Cousins to Case Keenum and AJ McCarron - were in abundance.

The Baltimore Ravens, an AFC North foe of the Browns, were among the other teams interested making a move for Landry, the Miami Herald reported. They don't have a starting quarterback on their roster. For the low cost of a 4th round pick this year and a 7th rounder next year, the Browns get a guy who has caught 206 passes over the last two seasons. So the Browns could still take a quarterback at No. 1 if they really like one, or the No. 4 pick is also an option if they want to circle back to a signal-caller once the Giants and Indianapolis Colts make their picks.

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