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Browns trading Jamar Taylor to Cardinals

General manager John Dorsey may finally be done overhauling the Browns secondary.

Dorsey agreed to trade cornerback Jamar Taylor to the Arizona Cardinals on Friday for a sixth-round draft pick, according to a league source. 
The trade hadn’t been finalized, but NFL Network reported the sixth-round pick is in 2020. 
Taylor, 27, started 29 games in two seasons with the Browns after being acquired in a trade with the Dolphins during the 2016 draft. He had three interceptions and 13 passes defensed in 2016 and zero interceptions and 10 passes defensed in the 0-16 2017 season.
Former head of football operations Sashi Brown signed Taylor to a three-year, $16.5 million deal during the 2016 season. He was elected captain for 2017 but his performance dropped off. 

Dorsey, who was hired in December, traded starting cornerback Jason McCourty to the Patriots in March. 
He was even busier adding to the secondary, which he determined needed an upgrade in depth and speed. 
Dorsey traded for safety Damarious Randall and signed cornerbacks TJ Carrie, E.J. Gaines and Terrance Mitchell in free agency. 
Not satisfied, he drafted Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the No. 4 pick and Miami cornerback Simeon Thomas in the sixth round last month. 
Then he dealt Taylor, who reportedly agreed to restructure his contract to facilitate the trade to Arizona. 
The Browns expect to have a completely new starting secondary this season. Ward and Carrie are likely at the corner spots, Randall at free safety and Jabrill Peppers at strong safety after a failed rookie experiment at deep free safety. 

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