Browns sign cornerback Jamar Taylor to 3-year extension

CLEVELAND (AP) It hasn't happened yet this season, but the Browns believe Jamar Taylor will help them win down the road.

Cleveland signed the 26-year-old cornerback to a three-year, $15 million contract extension on Saturday, locking up a player they've identified as part of their future core.

The deal includes a $3 million signing bonus and $10.05 million in the first two years of the contract.

Taylor, who was acquired by the Browns (0-12) in a trade on draft day with Miami, has made 10 starts and has 40 tackles (33 solo) and two interceptions. He missed the Nov. 10 game against Baltimore with a groin injury.

Taylor had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March before reaching the deal.

''Jamar has been a really good addition to our secondary and we are happy to come to an agreement with him on an extension,'' said Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown.

''He's an extremely hard worker and has shown true perseverance throughout his NFL career. His veteran presence and flexible skill set that allows him to function at nickel and corner has proved to be a valuable asset to our team.

''Jamar is a solid performer that has made some nice plays for us over the course of season and we look forward to him contributing to Browns victories in the future.''

A second-round pick (No. 54 overall) in 2013 from Boise State, Taylor had only nine starts in three seasons with the Dolphins.

The Browns host the Cincinnati Bengals (4-7-1) on Sunday.

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