Friday, May 2, 2014
Logical move picking up Taylor's fifth year
By Pat McManamon
The Cleveland Browns made the logical move picking up the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Phil Taylor.
Taylor now is under contract through the 2015 season, when he will make $5.5 million.
Why logical? Because the deal is not guaranteed. The team extends Taylor’s initial contract one year at no risk.
If the Browns choose to keep Taylor, they can, or they can re-do the deal, or they can release him with no 2015 salary-cap carryover.
Taylor’s initial four-year deal, signed when he was drafted, averaged $2.023 million per year.
Taylor has developed into a good tackle after he was taken in the first round of the 2011 draft. He’s big, strong and has the right attitude.
“Phil’s explosive,” coach Mike Pettine said after the first of the team’s minicamp had concluded. “He’s got some pass-rush ability, yet he’s solid enough to be at the point of attack. Absolutely, he’s a fit for us.”
It will be interesting to see how much Taylor plays this season. A year ago, Ray Horton often took him off the field, especially in pass-rush situations. In the end, he was only on the field 47 percent of the snaps.
But Taylor is one of the Browns' “core” defensive guys, along with Joe Haden, Jabaal Sheard, Desmond Bryant, Tashaun Gipson, Ahtyba Rubin and new signees Donte Whitner and Karlos Dansby.
It simply makes sense to keep him.