Bills QB Tyrod Taylor On Browns’ “Radar”

Patriots backup Jimmy Garoppolo remains the Browns’ No. 1 choice at quarterback, but the club has backup plans in case the price for Garoppolo is too steep. Cleveland will have Bills signal-caller Tyrod Taylor on their “radar” if he’s released by Buffalo, reports Mary Kay Cabot of Taylor (vertical)

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The Bills have until March 11 to make a decision on Taylor: the club holds a $15.5MM option bonus on its quarterback that would lock in $30.75MM in total guarantees. The club is expected to release Taylor before that decision is due, but the hiring of new head coach Sean McDermott and offensive coordinator Rick Dennison could change that view. While Buffalo’s front office is said to be in favor of cutting Taylor, McDermott’s view on Taylor is an unknown, as Vic Carrucci of the Buffalo News writes, while Dennison’s arrival is thought to be a positive for Taylor given that the pair has a prior working relationship.

Meanwhile, the Browns have been linked to a number of quarterback options this offseason, and are likely to pursue a new signal-caller through the draft, free agency, or via trade. Cleveland now has at least one connection to Taylor, as the club today hired former Bills quarterbacks coach David Lee to the same role. Lee, who worked with Taylor during the past two seasons, will presumably offer Browns head coach Hue Jackson a fresh opinion on Taylor.

Cleveland won’t be the only club to express free agent interest in Taylor, who’s averaged roughly 3,000 yards passing, 18 touchdowns, and six interceptions during his two campaigns as a starter. The Cardinals are also expected to pursue Taylor if he hits the open market, as Jason La Canfora of recently reported.

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  1. WhatWhat

    Lee also knows Cardale very well. No reason the Browns shouldn’t look into Cardale once they get Lee’s insight into the fact that Cardale has bigger upside.

    • SuzyQ

      Cardale isn’t a free agent..Still under contract with Buffalo for a few more years

      • browns

        SuzyQ, would take a lot less to acquire Cardale Jones than Garoppolo, especially if the new Bills coaches don’t feel he has a future there and decide to go with their own choices.

  2. Gunnnar1818

    They better be interested in Taylor, he’s an decent qb who can be a top 10 in the right system

  3. dan tishman

    Taylor is perhaps not the long term answer, but in my humble opinion I’m not giving New England anything for their leftovers period. So is Taylor better then RG3 if so grab him and draft a QB in the 2 ND round. Allowing us to grab the true studs in the draft not reach on a QB. Even if we get our guy at #12 the Cleveland kid he’ll need a year. Go Brown’s.

    • TT is without a doubt the best noted QB to secure. No free agent is worth signing as a starter. That said, if TT is released, the best options via trade is Jimmy G. He would is well worth a 2nd and a pick in 2018. This is highly doubtful to happen as the Pats trading within their division is a piped real. Romo wanting to coming to Buffalo seems far fetched on his part… Is it me or does Thad Lewis seem like a clone of Tyrod Taylor??

  4. Bruce

    So the best qb to replace Taylor is……

    Collins, Van Pelt, Flutie, Johnson, Bledsoe, Loseman, typeing finger gettting tired, Fitzpatrick, Brohm, Manuel,
    Lewis, Tuel, Orton, Cassel….

    How dumb are Bills fans……

  5. Quidpro quo

    If you really don’t want TT here, trade him. There are several teams that would be interested and push the price up to at least a 3rd rounder.

    Then we might as well trade Gilmore and a draft pick to to move up and get a higher pick or more.

    There are several good free agents who are going to be available and we will need the cap space created to sign a couple.

    CB and Safeties are deep this year. TE also.

    Let’s think difference makers and have a great draft.

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