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Browns Will Have Tyrod Taylor On Their Radar If Bills Move On From Him

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plair Dealer, the Browns will have QB Tyrod Taylor on their radar this offseason, depending on whether the Bills pick up his option.

On Wednesday, the Browns announced that they’ve hired former Bills QBs coach David Lee for the same position on Hue Jackson’s staff. Lee, obviously, has worked directly with Taylor the past two seasons and is well aware of what he offers as a quarterback.

Cabot mentions that the Browns’ “top target” this offseason at quarterback remains Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo, but Taylor is someone worth keeping an eye on moving forward.

Earlier in the week, Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 reported that the Bills are still weighing their options with Taylor. Buffalo has until March 11 to exercise their option on Taylor’s contract, which would add another five years and $31 million to his current agreement.

According to Capaccio, new Bills HC Sean McDermott and his staff have been reviewing Taylor’s game tape and discussing whether or not they should bring him back for the 2017 season and beyond.

The Bills brought in Rick Dennison as their new offensive coordinator, which Ian Rapoport said could be good news for Taylor returning to Buffalo next year.

“For Tyrod Taylor, who some people assume is gone from Buffalo, this is pretty good news. Because this was the quarterbacks coach in Baltimore when Tyrod Taylor was the back to Joe Flacco…so there is a lot of familiarity here,” Rapoport said. “It would make no sense if the Bills hired Rick Dennison and got rid of Tyrod Taylor, one of the reasons (Dennison) signed there. So do not be surprised if Taylor is back, maybe on some sort of restructured contract for cap reasons. But this is very good news for the Bills’ starter.”

Taylor, 27, is a former sixth-round pick of the Ravens back in 2011. After four years in Baltimore, the Bills signed him to a three-year, $3.35 million contract that included just $1.2 million guaranteed last year.

However, the third year of his contract actually voided after he surpassed the snap limit last year. The Bills later signed him to six-year, $92 million contract but the deal is really a one-year, $9.5 million agreement with a $15.5 million option on 2017 to go along with a $12 million base salary

In 2016, Taylor has thrown for 3,023 yards while completing 61.7 percent of his passes to go along with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions. Taylor has added 469 yards rushing and six touchdowns on the ground. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.

We’ll have more regarding Taylor as the news is available.

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