Though he’s far from the most productive passer in the game, Taylor is elite at protecting the football and adding points with his legs. Taylor’s 1.29 percent interception rate trails only Tom Brady (1.04 percent) for best in the NFL over the past three years.
He ends his Bills career as the franchise’s all-time leader in passer rating (92.5) among quarterbacks to have started at least one game. His 1,575 rushing yards are also the most in franchise history among quarterbacks and are the second most in the NFL since 2015 by a quarterback behind Cam Newton (1,749).
In Damarious Randall, the Packers’ 2015 first-round pick, the Browns get a cornerback who has been a mix of promise (2015), disappointment (2016) and wild inconsistency (2017).
Last season, Randall posted a career-high and team-leading four interceptions but also got benched and was sent to the locker room in the middle of a game against the Chicago Bears, and then he couldn’t get on the field for the final two games because of a knee injury. Randall also underwent hand surgery last month but expects to make a full recovery.
The MMQB also detailed some of the negotiations between Sherman and the 49ers, including general manager John Lynch and executive vice president of football operations Paraag Marathe. Sherman was acting as his own agent, and Marathe said he was impressed by the cornerback’s preparation.
“Richard came into the meeting with us having read all the contracts for all the top cornerbacks past and present,” Marathe said, adding that Sherman “studied our contracts and knew who we’d given real guaranteed money to.”
Meanwhile, the Dolphins might not have been able to afford the $16 million franchise tag Landry signed earlier this week. Landry reportedly had interest from the Ravens, but given that Baltimore would have needed to totally restructure his deal, it’s unlikely the Dolphins would have been able to make a similar swap to the one they made here. And if there weren’t any other trade suitors for Landry, he probably wouldn’t have signed the franchise tag. The most likely outcome for both Landry and Taylor this offseason was that they both would hit free agency. Instead, they’re both Browns.