Phil Taylor knew he'd be a Cleveland Brown through the 2014 season. Now the defensive lineman knows he'll be sticking around through 2015 as well. The Browns exercised the fifth-year option on Taylor on Friday.
"It's very evident to us watching on tape and seeing him in person this week that Phil Taylor is very explosive and he's a great fit for what we want to do on defense," head coach Mike Pettine said. "I like his ability to rush the passer and be there to clog up the middle at the point of attack when we need him."
"I am humbled and honored that the Browns exercised the fifth-year option on my contract," said Taylor. "I truly hope to be in Cleveland my entire career and to 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!"
Taylor started 15 games at nose tackle in 2013, recording 57 tackles, two sacks and one pass defended, helping the Browns finish ninth in the NFL in total defense, their best finish since 1994.