The Browns and NT Phil Taylor, their first-round pick, agreed on a four-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.
Taylor, who played collegiately at Baylor, is expected to be a major contributor in the middle of the Browns' line in his first season. The Browns began training camp on July 30, and Taylor, the No. 21 overall pick, has not yet participated.
"We are very happy that we were able to sign Phil and now have all eight draft picks under contract," GM Tom Heckert said. "It was important to get him in here when we did, and I want to thank Peter Schaffer for all of his help in getting this deal done. It is apparent that Phil kept himself in excellent shape since we drafted him and he told us he can't wait to get started. He will be in meetings with the rest of the players tonight and jump right into the mix when we are back on the field Thursday."
In PFW's 2011 Draft Preview, PFW personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki wrote of Taylor, "An enormous, knock-kneed widebody with a unique combination of strength and athletic ability who has drawn comparisons to Pat Williams. Could be effective as a nose tackle in a “30” or “40” front." However, Taylor's weight and work habits were concerns, Nawrocki wrote.
According to ProFootballTalk.com, which cited a league source, it was unclear yet whether all four years of the contract would be guaranteed or just three years.
The way we see it
Taylor's arrival is important to a Browns defense switching to the 4-3. What's more, a trade for Eagles DT Brodrick Bunkley fell through on Monday, with Bunkley going to Denver.