Player Page

Phil Taylor | Defensive Lineman | #98

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/7/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 335
College: Baylor
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (21) / CLE
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Free agent DT Phil Taylor worked out for the Vikings on Tuesday.
It's the first we've heard of Taylor since he worked out for the Ravens last month. It's only his second known workout since he was cut loose by the Browns in September. It's possible he's still not 100 percent healthy. Taylor should find a new home when reserve/future contracts are handed out in January. Tue, Dec 15, 2015 02:22:00 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

Free agent DT Phil Taylor worked out for the Ravens.

Taylor drew zero interest after he was released by the Browns on Sept. 1, but it appeared to be because of a knee issue. Taylor is a fit for the Ravens' 3-4 defense, but would have trouble getting on the field behind NT Brandon Williams.
Tue, Nov 10, 2015 05:22:00 PM

The Steelers came away from Wednesday's visit with Phil Taylor "not interested" in signing the free agent nose tackle.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports Taylor's knee "needs (to be) fixed" and would take "too long to heal" for the Steelers to wait out Taylor's recovery. Taylor had his knee scoped in the offseason, but there were rumors he might need a microfracture procedure. At very least, he needs another surgery.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 10:40:00 PM

Free agent NT Phil Taylor visited with the Steelers.

It's Taylor's first visit since getting cut by the Browns. As many as eight teams have reportedly expressed interest in signing him. 27-year-old Taylor should resurface before the end of the week.
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 05:48:00 PM

Browns released NT Phil Taylor.

The first-rounder the Browns got after deciding to trade down and pass on Julio Jones in 2011, Taylor never emerged as more than a run-plugging specialist. He was limited to just five games last season after undergoing a knee scope. Taylor is still a viable NFLer, so it's a bit of a surprising move. The Browns are on the hook for Taylor's $5.477 million salary. Taylor should latch on elsewhere relatively quickly.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 04:15:00 PM

Browns NT Phil Taylor returned to team drills on Sunday.

Taylor missed OTAs and minicamp while recovering from offseason knee surgery. The 27-year-old has been a solid run stopper when healthy, though he's missed 20 games over the last three seasons. Taylor is on the roster bubble.
Sun, Aug 2, 2015 10:53:00 AM

Browns NT Phil Taylor isn't considered a lock to make the 53-man roster.

The former 21st overall pick saw his starting job disappear when the Browns drafted NT Danny Shelton. Desmond Bryant and Randy Starks are projected to flank Shelton. Taylor is making his way back from a 2014 knee injury that required a clean-up procedure and forced him to miss OTAs and minicamp. The Browns would just be eating Taylor's $5.477 million salary if he were to be cut.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 09:27:00 AM

Browns NT Phil Taylor (knee) said he'll be full-go for training camp.

Taylor battled a knee issue all last season and needed a scope. There was some concern he may need microfracture surgery. That wasn't the case, but Taylor faces an uncertain future in Cleveland. Due a non-guaranteed $5.477 million salary, Taylor is a cut candidate after the Browns drafted NT Danny Shelton.
Fri, May 15, 2015 09:38:00 AM

Browns coach Mike Pettine says "there's some uncertainty" with NT Phil Taylor's (knee) health.

It's bad news for a player who just saw his replacement in NT Danny Shelton selected on Thursday evening. Dealing with persistent knee issues, Taylor is due a non-guaranteed $5.477 million. He could be sent packing.
Thu, Apr 30, 2015 11:55:00 PM

Phil Taylor is currently penciled as the Browns’ starting nose tackle.

Taylor played three-technique his first year in Mike Pettine's scheme. With Cleveland moving on from Ahtyba Rubin, Taylor will move back inside. Randy Starks is the favorite to replace Taylor at left end and should start opposite Desmond Bryant. 26-year-old Taylor is owed $5.5 million in the final year of his contract.
Source: browns.com
Wed, Mar 25, 2015 04:22:00 PM

The Browns may look to create salary cap room by releasing LE Phil Taylor or asking him to take a pay cut.

Taylor missed 11 games in 2014 and clearly isn't worth the $5.5 million he's scheduled to earn next season. Given his low ceiling, the Browns are more likely to part ways with Taylor than restructure his deal.
Source: ESPN.com
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 12:27:00 PM

Browns placed LE Phil Taylor (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Taylor battled persistent knee issues all season. Due $5.5 million in 2015 base salary, Taylor may have played his final down as a Cleveland Brown. He's proven to be no better than an adequate two-down NFL defensive lineman.
Fri, Nov 14, 2014 01:34:00 PM

Browns DL Phil Taylor (knee) is not expected to play this week.

Taylor is progressing after undergoing a knee scope on Oct. 8, but isn't quite ready yet. The Browns are getting wrecked by the run heading into Sunday's game against a somewhat resurgent Darren McFadden.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 09:57:00 AM

Browns LE Phil Taylor will miss "a few weeks" after undergoing a knee scope.

Taylor hurt his knee last Sunday against the Titans. Taylor has been playing end in coach Mike Pettine's 3-4 defense this season, with Ahtyba Rubin manning the nose tackle spot. After five weeks, Taylor is Pro Football Focus' 49th out of 51 qualifying 3-4 ends. He's struggling against the run and as a pocket pusher. Armonty Bryant and John Hughes will see extended snaps.
Wed, Oct 8, 2014 12:25:00 PM

Browns NT Phil Taylor is done for the day in Week 5 with a knee injury.

We didn't see the injury happen, but Taylor was ruled out early in the third quarter.
Sun, Oct 5, 2014 03:00:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ryan Lindley
2Christian Ponder
3Seth Lobato
4Tim Tebow
5Bryan Bennett
6Jerry Lovelocke
7Chandler Harnish
8Chase Rettig
9R.J. Archer
10Cody Fajardo
11Bryn Renner
12Shane Carden
13Jake Heaps
14Jake Waters
RB1Joseph Randle
2LaMichael James
3Trent Richardson
4Isaiah Pead
5Zurlon Tipton
6Alonzo Harris
7Josh Harris
8Storm Johnson
9Antone Smith
10Daniel Thomas
11Jeremy Stewart
12Michael Dyer
13Jerome Smith
14Kenneth Harper
15Jawon Chisholm
16Keshawn Hill
17Lache Seastrunk
18LaVance Taylor
3RB1Joseph Randle
FB1James Casey
2Erik Lorig
3Joe Don Duncan
4Henry Hynoski
5Brad Smelley
6J.C. Copeland
7Emil Igwenagu
8Zach Boren
9Jordan Campbell
10Toben Opurum
11Kiero Small
12John Conner
WR11Josh Morgan
2Jacoby Ford
3Preston Parker
4Kris Durham
5T.J. Graham
6Seantavius Jones
7Miles Austin
8Vincent Brown
9Carlton Mitchell
10Armon Binns
11Reggie Dunn
12Ricky Collins
13Zach D'Orazio
14Kenzel Doe
15Tevin Reese
16Solomon Patton
17Aldrick Robinson
18Damian Williams
19Lance Lewis
20Josh Stewart
21L'Damian Washington
22Travis Labhart
23Donatella Luckett
24Josh Harper
25Marquez Clark
26David Porter
27DaVaris Daniels
28Tyler McDonald
29Ezell Ruffin
WR21Marcus Thigpen
2Ace Sanders
3Riley Cooper
4Denarius Moore
5Joe Morgan
6Ryan Broyles
7Austin Pettis
8Jacoby Jones
9Rico Richardson
10Emory Blake
11A.J. Jenkins
12Mike Brown
13Saalim Hakim
14Onterio McCalebb
15Tandon Doss
16Devante Davis
17Jimmie Hunt
18Devon Wylie
19Milton Williams III
20Daniel Rodriguez
21James Butler
22Phil Bates
23Ryan Lankford
24Clyde Gates
25Ryan Whalen
26Michael Preston
27Tom Nelson
28Trindon Holliday
29Demetrius Wilson
30Josh Reese
31Trevor Harman
32Juron Criner
33Paul Browning
WR31Riley Cooper
TE1Dante Rosario
2Matthew Mulligan
3Mickey Shuler
4Kyle Miller
5Orson Charles
6Richard Gordon
7Chase Dixon
8Jimmay Mundine
9Steve Maneri
10D.J. Williams
11David Paulson
12Gerell Robinson
13Brandon Barden
14Jake Murphy
15Ryan Taylor
16Brett Brackett
17Michael Egnew
18Dan Light
LT1Jason Fox
C1Julian Vandervelde
2Brian De La Puente
RG1Todd Herremans
2Jahri Evans
K1Josh Scobee
2Brandon Bogotay
3Carey Spear
4Michael Palardy
5Billy Cundiff
6Andrew Furney
7Mike Meyer
8Justin Manton
9Patrick Murray