On Wednesday, former Browns first-round DT Phil Taylor announced that he’s retiring from the NFL.
I’d like to thank the NFL and the Cleveland Browns for drafting me. It’s been a fun and tough 8 years. I’ve made my home in NE Ohio with my family. I love the Cleveland fans and can’t wait to give back to the community that supported me. I’m officially retiring! #DawgPound #4Life
— Phil Taylor (@PhilTaylor98) March 13, 2019
Taylor, 30, was taken with the No. 21 overall pick by the Browns back in 2011. He spent four years in Cleveland before he was released with an injury settlement at the start of the 2015 season.
The Broncos later signed him to a contract in 2016 only to cut him loose during the preseason. Taylor signed a futures contract with Washington in 2017 and looked good during the summer, but unfortunately suffered a season-ending quad injury that led to him being placed on injured reserve.
Taylor returned to Washington last year but was released at the start of the regular season.
For his career, Taylor appeared in 44 games for the Browns and recorded 109 tackles, seven sacks, a forced fumble, a recovery and three pass defenses over the course of four seasons.