Cardinals reportedly made offer to Bills for QB Tyrod Taylor


And for some reason, the Bills just do not like him.

But with two picks in the top four, they are still guaranteed a shot at a top quarterback of this class, including Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Rosen, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, and Mason Rudolph.

New Browns GM John Dorsey on Friday completed agreements to execute three trades, which can not become official until next Wednesday at 4 p.m. EDT with the advent of the new league year. That's huge. In three full seasons under center in Buffalo, Taylor would complete 62.6 percent of his passes with 51 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

Taylor has always been one of the most polarizing players in the National Football League, but the bottom line is he represents a fantastic safety net for a franchise that hasn't been able to generate even respectable quarterback play for the better part of 20 years. The Notre Dame product went 0-15 as a starter with 11 touchdowns and 22 interceptions for the winless Browns.

Cleveland still owns the first and fourth overall pick in this year's draft.

In landing Taylor and Landry, it's clear the Browns had no plan to sit back and use all the draft assets that the prior regime landed on rookies.

The trade for Taylor does confirm that Dorsey intends to draft a quarterback with one of his two picks at the top of the first round; that hasn't changed. After Taylor posted a losing record in 2016, he accepted a renegotiated contract from the Bills previous year that eliminated the final three seasons and included a significant pay cut. After all these trades, it's insane to think the Browns still own the No. 1 and No. 4 pick, as well as all their selections in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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In exchange, the Browns are getting cornerback Damarious Randall.

Tyrod Taylor, 28, carries only one year of starter's money on his current contract, so he sets up as a ideal stop-gap for a more affordable rookie quarterback.

Taylor will have new receivers to throw to in newly acquired receiver Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman. There are many more scenarios that also come into play now, such as tabbing NC State pass rusher Bradley Chubb No.1 or/and Minzkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama.

For its part, Miami is rid of a player that clearly clashed with head coach Adam Gase over the past two seasons, most notably in the 2017 season-closing loss, when Landry lost his mind on the field late in a loss to Buffalo.

As I wrote after the playoff loss, that's unacceptably bad quarterbacking at the National Football League level when your team needs you most.

That's presuming the Bills don't land Kirk Cousins or any other desired veteran QB set to become a free agent on Wednesday, such as Case Keenum or Teddy Bridgewater.