Browns acquire quarterback Tyrod Taylor from Bills for third-round pick

The Cleveland Browns are making moves. Again.

Shortly after acquiring Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry in a trade with the Miami Dolphins, the Browns have dealt a third-round pick to the Buffalo Bills for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Last season, Taylor, 28, helped lead the Bills to their first playoff appearance since the 1999 season, but the campaign wasn’t without controversy and frustration for the dual-threat quarterback. After a 47-10 loss to the Saints on Nov. 12, the Bills, in the middle of the playoff race, announced rookie Nathan Peterman would replace Taylor as starter the following week. Peterman promptly threw five interceptions against the Los Angeles Chargers in his first NFL start (Taylor had only four all year), and Taylor was back to the top of the depth chart the following week.

Buffalo then won three of its last five games to squeeze into the AFC’s sixth seed but promptly lost an ugly 10-3 contest against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a game in which Taylor struggled and then left in the fourth quarter with a head injury.

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Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; An overall view of EverBank Field during a fly over during the national anthem before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Buffalo Bills. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Ben Koyack (83) catches a touchdown pass against Buffalo Bills outside linebacker Ramon Humber (50) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Ben Koyack (83) celebrate scoring a touchdown during the third quarter against the Buffalo Bills in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs the ball against Buffalo Bills defensive back Leonard Johnson (24) during the fourth quarter in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) lays on the field after being injured during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) walks off the field after being injured during the fourth quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes (55) and free safety Jordan Poyer (21) chase Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blake Bortles (5) out of bounds during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) attempts to jump into the end zone against the Buffalo Bills during the second half of the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Everbank Field. Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Buffalo Bills 10-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 7, 2018; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars fullback Tommy Bohanon (40) celebrates with Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Ben Koyack (83) after he made a touchdown catch to give the Jacksonville Jaguars the lead against the Buffalo Bills during the second half in the AFC Wild Card playoff football game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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Taylor started his career with the Ravens but saw only spot duty before heading north to Buffalo. He went 22-20 in Buffalo as a starter, but the Bills’ passing game struggled mightily at times last year, despite Taylor’s relatively solid numbers (62.6 completion percentage, 2,799 yards, 14 touchdowns, four interceptions) in a run-heavy scheme. He also rushed for 427 yards and four scores, and rushed for over 500 yards in each of his first two seasons in Buffalo before that.

Taylor will likely be a holdover quarterback for whomever the Browns choose to take in April’s NFL draft. Cleveland holds the Nos. 1 and 4 overall picks in a draft that features a handful of players who are viewed as potential franchise quarterbacks. The trade allows the Browns to play an experienced, capable signal-caller for as long as the need until they feel like whichever quarterback they draft is ready to lead them.

Taylor, meanwhile, gets a significant upgrade in his receiving options. Landry will play in the slot, and Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman will man the outside positions. The Browns also have David Njoku, a first-round pick last year, as a terrific athlete at tight end. The Browns also boast a solid offensive line and will likely be in the market for a running back — perhaps Penn State’s Saquon Barkley.

The additions of Landry and Taylor weren’t the only moves Cleveland general manager John Dorsey pulled off Friday: According to Schefter, the Browns also acquired cornerback Damarious Randall from the Packers, parting ways with quarterback DeShone Kizer, who started 15 games for Cleveland last season after being picked in the second round.

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PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 31, 2017: A sign hangs over a railing in the fourth quarter of a game on December 31, 2017 between the Cleveland Browns Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won 28-24. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 31, 2017: A fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers holds up a sign in the second quarter of a game on December 31, 2017 against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won 28-24. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 31, 2017: A fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers holds up a sign in the fourth quarter of a game on December 31, 2017 against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won 28-24. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 31, 2017: A fan of the Detroit Lions holds up a sign in the fourth quarter of a game on December 31, 2017 between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh won 28-24. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 24: Fans are seen holding a sign during the game between the Chicago Bears and the Cleveland Browns on December 24, 2017 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17, 2017: A fan of the Cleveland Browns holds up a sign in the fourth quarter of a game on December 17, 2017 against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Baltimore won 27-10. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17, 2017: A fan of the Cleveland Browns holds up a sign prior to a game on December 17, 2017 against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Baltimore won 27-10. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 17, 2017: Fans of the Cleveland Browns hold up signs prior to a game on December 17, 2017 against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Baltimore won 27-10. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 03: A Browns fan holds up a sign that reads, 'It's my birthday. All I want is a Browns win!!' during an NFL game between the Cleveland Browns and the Los Angeles Chargers on December 03, 2017 at StubHub Center in Carson, CA. (Photo by Chris Williams/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 12, 2017: A Cleveland Browns fan holds up a sign in the fourth quarter of a game on November 12, 2017 against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit won 38-24. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 22, 2017: Cleveland Browns fans hold up a sign prior to a game on October 22, 2017 against the Tennessee Titans at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Tennessee won 12-9 in overtime. (Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
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