The intrigue of April's draft will now pretty much start at No. 2.
In the deal, the Bills receive the Browns 65th overall pick in this year's draft. Being more of a running quarterback helped the Bills in situations, but also cost them big games. But, with all the cap space and draft picks they have, there is no excuse this year-if they use them correctly. The Giants will have their pick of the top quarterbacks, or they'll be able to get a bounty from a team that wants to trade up and get the one they love.
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.
Taylor began last season with a 5-4 record but was benched by first-year coach Sean McDermott after back-to-back losses to the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints in which the Bills were outscored 81-31.
The major difference between Taylor and Smith is that Taylor isn't a downfield passer at all.
Taylor's mobility was his strength. Beane and McDermott realize the value of a franchise quarterback (they have their current jobs due in part to the franchise quarterback the Panthers picked seven years ago), and they seem to be determined to get one who will make the Bills contenders each and every year of the young quarterback's career.
He was, however, inconsistent in the passing attack in drawing criticism for being hesitant in the pocket and failing to find open receivers downfield.
The haul is better than expected for the Bills, who had wisely created doubt at last week's National Football League combine about whether they would move on from Taylor this offseason.
Taylor was at least an efficient quarterback by throwing 51 touchdowns versus just 14 interceptions in 44 games with Buffalo. Cleveland finished last in scoring and went 0-16.
Landry clashed at times with controlling coach Adam Gase and was ripped by Gase after being ejected in the fourth quarter of the season finale against the Buffalo Bills.
Not all of Buffalo's offensive struggles could be blamed entirely on Taylor given the Bills' patchwork and injury-depleted group of receivers.
He's likely to get that extension from the Browns. He then emerged as the Bills season-opening starter after winning a three-way competition between Matt Cassel and returning starter EJ Manuel.
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