Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Browns have exercised the fifth- year option on defensive lineman Phil Taylor's rookie contract.
Taylor had 26 tackles and two sacks last season in 15 games at nose tackle in Cleveland's 3-4 defense after transitioning from defensive tackle.
"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," said Browns coach Mike Pettine. "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."
The 6-foot-3, 335-pounder has 99 tackles, seven sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery since the Browns selected him with the 21st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.