The Cleveland Browns signed linebacker Adarius Taylor, the team announced Thursday.
Taylor comes to Cleveland after spending the last four seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he recorded 104 tackles, 2.0 sacks, six passes defended, one interception and two forced fumbles in four seasons (with the aforementioned stats being recorded in his final three seasons).
Primarily a special teamer, the 28-year-old Taylor saw his defensive snaps jump significantly after the Buccaneers lost starting middle linebacker Kwon Alexander to injury. Taylor went from logging more special teams snaps per game than defensive in the first four weeks to the opposite, finishing with 603 defensive snaps and 203 special teams snaps in 2018.
Take a look at photos of three of the newest Browns: tight end Demetrius Harris, offensive lineman Eric Kush and linebacker Adarius Taylor.
Hustle is a key asset for the linebacker, who covered over 1,000 yards of total distance in all but six games last season, according to Next Gen Stats.
"He is probably the second best linebacker ever to come out of Lakeland, Florida," Browns general manager John Dorsey said. "Ray Lewis was the first one. What is he? He's a shorter guy who's going to run around, he's a run-around, special teams guy who's going to give you competitive depth. You want to add those types of guys to your roster."
Taylor was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent out of Florida Atlantic in 2014.