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Browns add QB Taylor, receiver Landry

11 March 2018

The teams came to terms on the deal Friday, said the people who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because NFL rules prohibit trades from being announced until next week when free agency opens and the league's new calendar year begins.

By acquiring Taylor the Browns likely took themselves out of the running to sign or trade for a veteran quarterback - like Eagles Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles.

The Browns also worked things out with the Green Bay Packers, shipping out last year's rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer and bringing in cornerback Randall. As for Buffalo, the writing had been on the wall for Taylor, but now the only quarterback they have under contract is Nathan "Five Pick" Peterman.

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The Cleveland Browns started Friday just like any other day, but ended it with a new look to the offense.

Tampa Bay's Mike Evans has agreed to a five-year, $82.5 million contract extension that makes him the second-highest paid receiver in the NFL.

After one hard season, the Browns threw DeShone Kizer away. Those players give the Browns more flexibility in building through a pivotal 2018 NFL Draft that comes on the heels of an 0-16 season under coach Hue Jackson. If he gets together with Taylor soon, they could develop enough chemistry to make a big impact next season.

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) runs with the ball against the defense of Cleveland Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun (20) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium.The Miami Dolphins defeat the Cleveland Browns 34-20 in overtime. He was the 180th overall selection and the 11th quarterback drafted that year. As NFL Network analyst Ian Rappaport stated shortly after the moves, the Browns aren't so amusing no more. That was seemingly a negotiation tactic by the Bills, who had to create a trade market for Taylor during an offseason in which free-agent quarterbacks - from Kirk Cousins to Case Keenum and AJ McCarron - were in abundance. He also averaged 28.5 yards per game on the ground, while also rushing for four touchdowns.

Browns 10-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, who's contemplating whether to play next season or retire, is a fan of Taylor and said as much recently on the ThomaHawk Show podcast he co-hosts with former Cleveland receiver Andrew Hawkins. They don't have a starting quarterback on their roster. The Dolphins could match that offer, and if Landry leaves, they would receive two first-round picks from his new team.

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