National Football League notebook: Browns' busy Friday includes trio of trades

The NFL landscape, or at least Cleveland's view, changed in the matter of a few hours Friday with the Browns reportedly orchestrating several high profile deals.

Before the Buffalo Bills agreed to trade quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns for a third-round draft pick, they entertained interest from two other teams.

Cleveland selected the rifle-armed Kizer in the second round last year, and after a odd training camp in which he passed both Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler on the depth chart, the 22-year-old was named the Browns' starter by coach Hue Jackson.

In exchange, the Browns shipped quarterback DeShone Kizer and swapped late-round picks with the Packers, gave the Dolphins a fourth-round pick this season and a seventh rounder in 2019 and sent the Bills the No. 65 overall pick in this year's draft. Being more of a running quarterback helped the Bills in situations, but also cost them big games.

If you enjoyed Friday's Browns trade bonanza, good news - Dorsey may not be done. The trades can't be formally announced until Wednesday, the start of the NFL's new year.

This deal was one of several involving the Browns reported onFriday.

One caveat: Colt Anderson played for the Bills in 2016 and his season ended in October when he was placed on injured reserve.

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The Browns gave him more to think about.

First, they added wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Dolphins.

Cleveland is $113 million under the salary cap and was expected to seek an impact receiver in free agency.

Jones, who is 34 years old and was due more than $5 million in 2018, told the Cincinnati Bengals website the team is not picking up his option for next season. He caught 112 passes for 987 yards and nine touchdowns last season, 94 passes for 1,136 yards and four touchdowns in 2016 and 110 passes for 1,157 yards and four touchdowns in 2015.

The Bills finished last season 29th in total yards and 31st in yards passing. With the Browns owning the number one and number four overall picks this draft, there were talks of Sam Darnold being selected as their next guy at quarterback.

Cleveland's next starting quarterback will be the team's 29th since 1999.

Landry typically plays slot receiver, and the Browns have been disappointed with the production of former first-round draft pick Corey Coleman, who has been injured the past two seasons.

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