Smith, 29, is slated to make $5 million in 2018 in the second season of a three-year, $15 million contract.
Minutes after they reportedly agreed to trades for two of the AFC East's most prominent players, the NFL's worst team-turned-offseason sensation got busy with another transaction, this one a deal for former Green Bay Packers first-round draft pick Damarious Randall.
The trade reached on Friday won't be officially announced until the NFL's league year opens next Wednesday. Entering the 2015 NFL Draft, he was the top-rated free safety prospect, but Green Bay made a decision to move him to cornerback where he's spent most of his career. In his first season with the Bills, Taylor completed 63.7 percent of his passes and threw for 3,035 yards and 20 touchdowns with just six interceptions.
The Browns took the Packers to overtime in their meeting, and Kizer's potentially game-winning touchdown throw was foiled when linebacker Clay Matthews hit his arm as he was about to throw. It didn't help that he was constantly under pressure, being sacked 38 times. If nothing else, the Packers could rehabilitate Kizer's career and trade him for a draft pick. He and Rodgers were the only quarterbacks on the roster before the Kizer trade.
Smith caught 36 passes for 430 yards and two touchdowns in the 2017 regular season and added 13 receptions for 157 yards and one score in the Eagles' playoff run to the Super Bowl crown.
Kizer was stung by the demotion, but he regained Jackson's trust and won over his teammates by showing toughness and grit while trying to stop the Browns from joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to go 0-16. McCarthy stood by him, however, and the coach's patience seemingly paid off as Randall bounced back and played well in the weeks that followed.