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Cleveland Browns pick up option on Phil Taylor

Cleveland Browns star Phil Taylor hopes to help turn the franchise into a championship contender.

The Cleveland Browns have exercised the fifth-year option on defensive lineman Phil Taylor's rookie deal ahead of Saturday's deadline.

The 26-year-old was a first-round pick back in 2011, and coach Mike Pettine revealed that Taylor was a "great fit for what we want to do on defense" after a three-day mini-camp, ESPN reports.

Taylor has insisted that he hopes to spend his entire career in Cleveland in order to help turn the franchise into a championship contender.

After moving into the nose position in Cleveland's 3-4 defense last season, Taylor had 57 tackles and two sacks as the Browns finished ninth in the NFL in total defense.

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