New Browns regime accepts DT Taylor's 2015 option
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The Browns picked up the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Phil Taylor Friday, the team announced.
Taylor was chosen with the 21st pick in the 2011 NFL Draft after the Browns traded down with the Falcons (in the Julio Jones deal) and then moved up in exchange with the Chiefs (who eventually took Jonathan Baldwin).
"It's very evident to us watching on tape and seeing him in person this week that Phil Taylor is very explosive and he's a great fit for what we want to do on defense,” Mike Pettine said in a statement.
The Browns will have to pay Taylor just $5.477 million for the 2015 season.
Taylor is the 20th player from that class to have his option picked up.