On the surface, quarterback may not seem like the most pressing need in South Florida since Ryan Tannehill has a four-year, $77 million deal.
1 and 4 overall and five in the first 64, the Browns had the ability to pull off a major deal for a major player.
The Browns might not know who their quarterback will bet yet, but they now have added a three-time Pro Bowler who can add some juice to a unit that needed help.
The Browns are not looking for Taylor to do anything other than hold things together until the quarterback they select with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft is ready to play.
Landry was franchised by the Dolphins last month and can now be traded as early as Wednesday, which is when the league's new year begins. The team was expected to target a quarterback in free agency before deciding on Taylor, but they are still planning on drafting a quarterback this spring, according to the Associated Press. Cleveland is sending one pick from the 2018 Draft and one pick from the 2019 Draft to Miami, so the team still has a wealth of opportunity to revitalize the team after years of irrelevancy. He was due a $6 million signing bonus on Saturday, which is why the Bills completed this trade. Or at least they're trying to. With the amount of draft capital that Cleveland has, using what was the team's sixth-highest draft pick to acquire a starting quarterback is a good gamble for the Browns to make.
As for the trade itself, you have to give a ton of credit to Bills GM Brandon Beane for pulling off this trade - and getting the compensation that he did.
Taylor joins a Browns team that lacked a veteran and turned to Kizer for 15 starts as a rookie last season. That, in itself, is a masterful job by the wheeling-and-dealing GM.
To win a championship - heck, maybe even a few.
McDermott said that while cutting Taylor was not part of the team's current plans, he wouldn't rule out trading the quarterback.