BEREA, Ohio - Selected by the Brown with the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, defensive lineman Phil Taylor will be under contract with the team at least until the end of the 2015 season.
GM Ray Farmer announced the move to exercise the fifth-year option on Taylor’s rookie contract Friday.
In a statement released by the team, Taylor says he is “humbled and honored” and wants to be in Cleveland for his entire career so he can “be part of the team that turns this franchise back into a perennial winner and championship contender, and restores the luster of the Dawg Pound!
I am humbled and honored the browns exercised the 5th year option on my contract. I truly hope to be in Cleveland my entire career!! #Browns— Phil Taylor (@PhilTaylor98) May 2, 2014
Rookie head coach Mike Pettine said “Phil Taylor is very explosive and he’s a great fit for what we want to do on defense...”
Taylor has started 38 games, racking up 130 tackles and seven sacks in his pro career in Cleveland.