Many have gone ahead and assumed that Tyrod Taylor will only be with the Browns for one year. However, general manager John Dorsey’s comments may prove otherwise for the incumbent Browns training camp starter.
Recently, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey debunked a myth about quarterback Tyrod Taylor in an interview with Kevin Clark of The Ringer. He explained to Clark that, rather than having a one and done contract, Taylor might be sticking around for a little while.
"“I just want to see Tyrod do what he’s done in the past. He’s a natural born leader. He’s had an excellent camp so far. I want to see it unfold. There may come a point here where I call his representatives in October and say, ‘Let’s strike something up.'”Source: The Ringer and Pro Football Focus"
Although Dorsey gave only a rough timetable for this deal, and left out any amount of certainty that it will actually happen, it’s undoubtedly an intriguing prospect. It’s jarring, at the very least, considering many fans (including this writer) thought the Browns would turn into “The Baker Mayfield Show” by 2019.
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It begs the question, why would Dorsey be considering this deal this early? Of course, it’s probably just a formality but let’s stir the pot for a bit. Maybe he could see Taylor as a long-term option, even with Mayfield waiting in the wings.
Taylor is only 29 years old, so maybe Dorsey wants to hold off on Mayfield for even longer, and allow him and Taylor to have an almost Favre/Rodgers-esque relationship.
Whether this deal gets done or not could have huge implications on the direction of the Cleveland Browns going into 2019 and beyond. Taylor and Mayfield, despite having similar physical attributes, have totally different quarterback tendencies.
Taylor is the much more conservative player of the two, which could mean the Browns want to keep going in a run and short pass-based offense in the future.
Either way, it’s an interesting development after fans were led to believe the exact opposite about Taylor’s tenure in Cleveland.
After all, it’s the Cleveland Browns, anything goes, and we all know the old saying about what happens when we assume.