Phil Taylor, the Browns top draft pick, has agreed to a four-year deal with the team.
Taylor, a defensive tackle from Baylor, tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he's on his way to Berea. The Browns don't practice on Wednesday, so his first day on the practice field will be Thursday morning.
The Browns selected Taylor with the 21st overall pick in April NFL Draft. He missed the first four days of practice while holding out, hoping for more guaranteed money in his contract.
The 6-4, 340 pound defensive tackle was second-team All Big 12 last season at Baylor.
Taylor is the last of the Browns 2011 draft picks to sign with the team.
After making the announcement, the Cleveland Browns released this statement:
The Cleveland Browns today signed rookie defensive lineman Phil Taylor. The Browns selected Taylor in the first round (21st overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft with a choice acquired from Kansas City. All eight members of the Browns 2011 draft class now have been signed.
Taylor started 27 of 44 contests combined at both Penn State University (2006-07) and Baylor University (2009-10). He totaled 107 career tackles, 5.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, an interception and blocked two kicks. Taylor started all 13 games as a senior, recording a career-best 62 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble en route to earning All-Big 12 second-team honors. He is a native of Clinton, Md., where he attended Gwynn Park High School.