By Budd Bailey, Buffalo Sports Page Columnist
No. 56: March 14, 2018 – The Bills trade Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a third-round draft choice in 2018.
No one can say that Tyrod Taylor has had a conventional career path. He came out of Virginia Tech as a sixth-round draft choice by Baltimore in 2011, and the quarterback won a roster spot – but not much playing time. In four seasons, he threw 36 passes for the Ravens.
When Taylor had the chance as a free agent, he signed with the Bills in 2015 and surprised almost everyone by winning the starting job in training camp. What’s more, Rex Ryan clearly picked the right guy, considering the competition. Taylor didn’t make many mistakes and was a terrific running threat out of the backfield.
In Year Three, Taylor was the quarterback when the Bills made the playoffs for the first time in the 21st century. He’ll always be fondly remembered for that. The new coaching staff didn’t think he was the long-term answer, so Taylor was dealt to the Browns for a draft pick. The deal represents the turning of a page from Taylor to Josh Allen. Meanwhile, Taylor didn’t last long in Cleveland, and will spend 2019 working for the Los Angeles Chargers.
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