Today was another day of roster cuts across the NFL. While teams still need another round to get their respective rosters down to 53, this hardly means there weren’t any surprising names released today.
One of these was Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor. Drafted by the team after it traded away its first 2011 pick to the Atlanta Falcons (which was used on Julio Jones), Taylor proved to be a solid player for Cleveland. However, the team terminated his contract this afternoon, essentially avoiding having to pay the $5.477 million owed to him this season.
There are many reasons why Taylor will be playing for another team this year, but none bigger than the man Cleveland is tabbing to replace him. Make no mistake; the early returns from rookie Danny Shelton made the call to cut Taylor an easy one.