While Taylor will likely earn the starting role in Cleveland in 2018, he’s probably a stopgap solution as a mentor for a young quarterback. The Browns own the No. 1 and No. 4 picks in the first round and will likely use one to draft the team’s presumptive quarterback of the future.
It’s a cheap way to get a veteran in the fold, but perhaps what’s most interesting is that it probably means the Browns won’t go after quartberack AJ McCarron in free agency as was expected.
Although they have a dominant edge player in DeMarcus Lawrence and a dangerous swing man in David Irving, they need another big body who can blow up plays in the backfield. Bringing in Payne would give Dallas?quite a pile up front after taking end Taco Charlton in the first round last year.
Rodgers-Cromartie has played for four organizations ( Cardinals , Eagles , Broncos , Giants) over 10 seasons in the league. He spent the last four years of his career in New York and was released Sunday with one season remaining on a five-year, $35 million deal signed in 2014.
A two-time Pro Bowler and 2016 second-team All-Pro, DRC saw his production take a hit during New York’s tumultuous 2017 season. The corner failed to record an interception for the first time since 2011 and recorded just one pass defensed in 15 games played. Rodgers-Cromartie also incurred a team-issued suspension early in the season after getting into a heated argument with then- Giants coach Ben McAdoo in practice.
It remains to be seen what DRC’s market will be, considering the dearth of younger free-agent options at corner this offseason, or whether the veteran footballer will be willing, with another organization, to switch positions.