Free Agency

Browns Reportedly Have Interest In Tyrod Taylor

While the debate surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo continues surrounding his value, the Bills have confirmed that they do not want to keep Tyrod Taylor on his current contract which has a cap hit of $15.9 million in 2017. Back in August, he signed a five year $90 million extension with the team.

After that he had an up and down season with the Bills last year and threw for 3,023 yards, 17 touchdowns and 6 interceptions with a pass completion of 61.7%. He also rushed for 580 yards but the Bills finished 7-9, fired Rex Ryan and missed postseason for the 17th straight year.

At present there is a bit of a conundrum going on at the QB position in Buffalo. New head coach Sean McDermott and his staff have no problem keeping Taylor as they don’t believe the team can bring in a better option for the price. However, team president Russ Brandon wanted Taylor demoted at the end of last season and it now seems like he is destined to hit free agency in a few weeks.

Quarterbacks are in demand this offseason, the Browns are a team who are desperate to upgrade at that position as are the 49ers and the Jets who seem to be clearing out the QB position right now. There are a host of other teams that could do with a new QB too, the bottom line is that there are 32 teams in the league but nowhere near 32 franchise quarterbacks – that is why we are even discussing the possibility of teams paying a ransom for Garoppolo who is still largely unproven in the league.

The Browns wobbled to a 1-15 record last year, they need to bring in strong players and they have the cap room to do so. In years gone by, Cleveland would use the number 1 pick in the draft to select the best quarterback available but the reality is that the quarterback class is underwhelming this year and the best player on the board is DE Myles Garrett who has been dominating the combine and could be a game changer.

The Browns would be crazy to pass up the number 1 pick and miss out on a player of Myles Garrett’s calibre, he seems destined for Cleveland. The Browns do have a pick at number 12 in the first round and they could pick up a quarterback then but if they could get someone with experience it would be preferred to a rookie.

What the Browns don’t want to be in next year is a position where they are reliant on rookies too much. Adding a veteran like Taylor will leave them more flexible in the draft and allow them to develop the team.

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