Cleveland Browns throw down in trade for QB Tyrod Taylor from Bills


It’s starting to look like the Cleveland Browns are serious about shutting down the “Factory of Sadness.”

Shortly after agreeing to trade for Miami Dolphins star receiver Jarvis Landry on Friday, the team found someone new to throw him the ball.

According to multiple reports, the Browns reached a deal to acquire quarterback Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills.

Cleveland reportedly will give up a mid-round draft pick for the 28-year-old veteran.

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The Browns didn’t ignore their defense Friday, agreeing to a trade with the Green Bay Packers for cornerback Damarious Randall.

The flurry of deals show Cleveland owner Jimmy Haslam and new GM John Dorsey aren’t going to stand pat after the Browns finished 0-16 for a ninth straight losing season.

The team also has a stockpile of selections at its disposal in next month’s NFL draft, including picks No. 1, 4, 33 and 35 overall.

While Taylor is an upgrade over most of the Browns’ quarterbacks in recent years, he was only moderately successful as a passer in Buffalo.

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The former Virginia Tech star averaged 17 touchdown passes and just over 3,000 yards per year in leading the Bills to a 22-20 record in his three years as a starter.

He did, however, add a dynamic element with his legs, rushing for 1,711 yards and 15 touchdowns over three seasons.

It now appears even more likely that the Bills will be looking for a quarterback in the first round of the draft. They hold the 21st and 22nd overall picks and could look to move up if they like one of the prospects in what some believe is a strong quarterback class.

To make room for Taylor, the Browns reportedly will deal second-year QB DeShone Kizer to the Packers, where he will back up Aaron Rodgers.

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Kizer was woeful as a rookie last year, throwing 11 touchdown passes against 22 interceptions in Cleveland’s winless campaign.

Whether all the Browns’ moves will make them successful remains to be seen, but they can’t get any worse.

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Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He has worked as an editor or reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years.
Todd Windsor is a senior story editor at The Western Journal. He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Maryland. He graduated from the University of Miami (he dreams of wearing the turnover chain) and has worked as an editor and reporter in news and sports for more than 30 years. Todd started at The Miami News (defunct) and went on to work at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., the St. Petersburg (now Tampa Bay) Times, The Baltimore Sun and Space News before joining Liftable Media in 2016. He and his beautiful wife have two amazing daughters and a very old Beagle.
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