Cardinals, Broncos also had interest in trading for Tyrod Taylor
The Cleveland Browns kicked off the day by trading for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry. They subsequently followed that move up with the acquisition of Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.
Despite his up-and-down 2017 season with the Bills, Taylor had been one of the more intriguing quarterbacks set to hit the market. According to Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News, the Browns faced some stiff competition from the Arizona Cardinals and Denver Broncos for his services:
I’m told besides the Browns, other teams that were interested in making a trade with the Bills for Tyrod Taylor were the Cardinals and Broncos. Browns offer of a third-round pick easily trumped what other two teams were offering.
The aforementioned teams are the same ones that have been linked to all the best quarterback prospects going into the offseason. It had been well-established early on that it would either happen through free agency or the 2018 NFL Draft. However, it seems Cleveland did not want to wait for either.
While his numbers are not exactly eye-popping, Taylor is still one of the more dynamic playmakers at the quarterback position. Furthermore, he is also one of its best at taking care of the ball. Taylor registered 65 combined touchdowns while throwing just 16 interceptions in his three-year tenure in Buffalo.
Browns fans have good reason to be optimistic after acquiring perhaps two of the safest players on the market without giving up any of their early draft picks. Although it is still likely that the Browns take a quarterback with either the first or fourth overall selection, they now have a veteran to groom him under for the time being.
Now that Cleveland has filled two serious voids in the offense, the team will be able to toy with the prospect of potentially taking, say, a running back with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.