Cleveland Browns: Two players to let walk, cut, and re-sign in 2019
Let him walk: Tyrod Taylor, QB
The move to acquire Tyrod Taylor originally seemed to make sense. With no legitimate starter on the roster, Cleveland picked him up for a third-round pick and Taylor had just come off a season in which he led the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The problem was, they inserted him as the starter before ever seeing him put on a Cleveland uniform.
Sure, that’s fine if he was to walk into camp with DeShone Kizer, Cody Kessler, and Kevin Hogan. But he didn’t. Taylor didn’t play alongside any of those guys because Dorsey shipped them all off and brought in the No. 1 overall pick in Baker Mayfield. And recent history shows that the No. 1 pick plays.
Now, to be fair, if Taylor was the better option that would be perfectly fine. The problem was, no one cared to find out who gave them the best chance to win. Instead, they held Baker back and Jackson wouldn’t even let him practice with the one — likely due to fear Mayfield would succeed with them.
Jackson’s hand was finally forced and the world saw how much better the rookie was than Taylor. Jackson also later lost his job and the team went on a magical run with the rookie under center.
All that leads to Taylor no longer being a need for the Browns, so he should be allowed to walk in the offseason. Taylor should have no problem finding a home because he’s not a bad quarterback. He just simply isn’t as good as Mayfield, and on top of that, Jackson and former offensive coordinator Todd Haley weren’t using him to the best of his abilities either. Taylor can use a fresh start for sure.