The Bills would not make this move to trade away a competent starter with a relatively low cap hit for quarterbacks without a definitive strategy in mind to replace. The Browns as a team had 15 receiving touchdowns last season. The team made three major trades on Friday, a person with direct knowledge of the deals told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The Browns aren't fooling around.
After 16 straight losses on the field, victory.
Hours after acquiring WR Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins, the Browns have traded a third-round draft pick to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
The trade for Taylor does confirm that Dorsey intends to draft a quarterback with one of his two picks at the top of the first round; that hasn't changed.
Should the Browns take Barkley with the first pick, the Giants will have a few options to choose from. He has ranked top three in broken tackles among wide receivers in each of the past three seasons, notching 67 over that time and 76 for his four-year career.
The Browns will improve with Landry in the fold, and the team has a chance to get even better in short time.
Other teams have already made trades but the Cleveland Browns were not able to land any of them. They forced him to take a pay cut last offseason, then dumped him for a rookie quarterback while having a winning record, only to name him the starter again.
According to reports, the deal involving Taylor is for the Number 65 pick. Many have expected them to use either the No. 1 or No. 4 pick in this year's draft to address the position. He's the best quarterback Cleveland has had in forever. The move makes it more likely that Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is the No. 1 selection of the 2018 NFL Draft.
Landry played primarily in the slot, but he has contributed on the outside as a "Z" receiver. He is due to earn $10 million in 2018 in the final year of his contract but could be re-signed as a backup in 2019.
But Landry's volatile personality became a concern for Miami. In his first season with the Bills, Taylor completed 63.7 percent of his passes and threw for 3,035 yards and 20 touchdowns with just six interceptions.