I know that we all discussed about wanting to trade for Phil Taylor last year as a potential long term Wilfork replacement and using Mallett to get it done and there were rumors that the Pats had interest for the right price. Well a report came out that the Browns might not pick up Taylors 5th year (like the Pats did with Solder) making him a URFA in 2015. Now they wouldn't tag him (the tag would be worth more than the 5th year option) so that leads me to believe they might be willing to let him go. Given Wilfork's contract moving forward it could be possible to trade for Taylor and extend him long term to a contract similar to what they gave Wilfork after his was done and just have the two contracts overlap in a way that it's doesn't add a ton of cap space to acquire Taylor. With that said I have no clue what the asking price would be for Taylor but if they are willing to let him go in 2015 I'm guessing it's not a 1st or 2nd. I'm thinking if we swap Mallett and add our 3rd that might be enough to get it done. Then Browns can take a Sea approach and get a QB via the draft in the 2nd or 3rd and see which one they like better. The Pats are freed up to grab a QB in the 2nd or 4th (say if they really do like Savage, McCarron, or Thomas) because they got their 1st round caliber DT in Taylor.
I know I'm just tossing stuff against the wall right now but seems like a deal that might interest both parties and could be reasonable pulled off if indeed the Pats had interest in Taylor as a long term Wilfork replacement and if the Browns also don't have interest keeping Taylor long term.
NT Phil Taylor is unsure if the Browns will pick up his fifth-year option.
If the Browns don't pick up Taylor's $5.5 million option by May 3, he'll be an unrestricted free agent in 2015. It's an interesting decision for the new Mike Pettine regime. Taylor has started 37 games over the last three seasons, showing well as a run stuffer last year but coming off the field on pass downs. His value will depend on how Pettine uses him in his hybrid 3-4 scheme.
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