Tyrod Taylor not interested in being “bridge” QB for Browns


Cleveland Browns' Tyrod Taylor speaks at an NFL football press conference Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Berea, Ohio. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)

Cleveland Browns' Tyrod Taylor speaks at an NFL football press conference Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Berea, Ohio. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)


Cleveland Browns' Jarvis Landry, right, speaks at an NFL football press conference Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Berea, Ohio. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)


Cleveland Browns, from left, Damarious Randall, Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry speak at an NFL football press conference Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Berea, Ohio. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)


CLEVELAND (AP) — Tyrod Taylor has no plans to be anything other than Cleveland’s starting quarterback — for years.

Acquired last week in a trade with Buffalo, Taylor was introduced on Thursday by the Browns and asked if he minded being a “bridge” quarterback while the team grooms a young QB to be selected in this year’s NFL draft.

“I’m a quarterback,” said Taylor, who helped the Bills end a long playoff drought last season. “As far as a bridge, hopefully I’m helping bridge this team to a Super Bowl. That’s the plan.”

Browns coach Hue Jackson said Taylor is the team’s starter going forward and there is “no competition” for the job.

Taylor was joined at a news conference by wide receiver Jarvis Landry, a three-time Pro Bowler obtained last week by new Browns general manager John Dorsey.

The Browns officially signed seven free agents, including running back Carlos Hyde.

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Cleveland Browns’ Tyrod Taylor speaks at an NFL football press conference Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Berea, Ohio. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/03/web1_120085546-6adb4a8fba3c495d9fcc96d06832ecd7.jpgCleveland Browns’ Tyrod Taylor speaks at an NFL football press conference Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Berea, Ohio. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)

Cleveland Browns’ Jarvis Landry, right, speaks at an NFL football press conference Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Berea, Ohio. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/03/web1_120085546-ea93ba993fb04a5aa7773630d6ff87f4.jpgCleveland Browns’ Jarvis Landry, right, speaks at an NFL football press conference Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Berea, Ohio. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)

Cleveland Browns, from left, Damarious Randall, Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry speak at an NFL football press conference Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Berea, Ohio. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2018/03/web1_120085546-7db4577f7c494beca543768a9e4deac0.jpgCleveland Browns, from left, Damarious Randall, Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry speak at an NFL football press conference Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Berea, Ohio. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)