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Tyrod Taylor unfazed by Browns’ reported pursuit of Nick Foles

Tyrod Taylor isn’t terribly concerned over recent reports suggesting the Cleveland Browns attempted to acquire Super Bowl LII MVP Nick Foles prior to a trade that delivered him to the team. In fact, Taylor pointed out the timing of everything as the main reason for being unfazed.

“I’m assuming that at that time I was still with the Buffalo Bills, so that really doesn’t affect me,” Taylor said after the first OTA practice Wednesday, via Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “Things happen in this league that you can’t change. I’ve always been one to focus on what I can change, and that’s my attitude daily, the effort that I bring and the energy that I bring around my teammates. That has been my focus. I really can’t speak on or let that affect me.”

A report from Michael Silver of NFL Media on Tuesday indicates the Browns offered up the No. 35 overall pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in a bid to land Foles. However, sources say the Eagles ran the scenario by Foles and the quarterback was not interested.

The Browns then focused on bringing in the veteran Taylor, ultimately landing the 28-year-old signal-caller in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Browns general manager John Dorsey on Wednesday declined to confirm the veracity of the report, instead choosing to focus on the positives of acquiring Taylor.

“Well I know this, we’re very excited to have Tyrod Taylor as our starting quarterback,” Dorsey said. “I’m not going to talk about another team’s player. You all know my position on that. He’s with the Philadelphia Eagles and I won’t talk about him.”

Browns head coach Hue Jackson continues to insist Taylor is the team’s starting quarterback, implying the team is inclined to allow No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield at least a year to develop, which the young quarterback claims to accept. How it all plays out, however, remains to be seen. Taylor arguably was not getting a fair shake in Buffalo, so joining the Browns should be a great opportunity for him to finally prove himself.