The Arizona Cardinals are finalizing a trade that would bring cornerback Jamar Taylor from the Cleveland Browns Noah Spence Jersey , two people with knowledge of the situation said Friday.
The people, who sought anonymity because the trade had not been officially announced, said the deal was expected to be completed Friday.
The trade would help fill a significant need for the Cardinals – a cornerback to play opposite Patrick Peterson. The Browns would receive a sixth-round draft pick.
The impending deal was first reported by NFL.com’s Ian Rappaport.
The 27-year-old Taylor played the last two seasons with the Browns, with three interceptions and 23 passes defensed in 31 games. He played his first three NFL seasons with Miami after being drafted in the second round out of Boise State. He was acquired by Cleveland in a draft-day trade in 2016.
Taylor was a team captain but the Browns have been shopping him since before the draft. New general manager John Dorsey has completely overhauled Cleveland’s secondary and Taylor would be the sixth player he’s traded since taking over the team in December.
Taylor’s fate was sealed when the Browns drafted Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the No. 4 overall pick last month.
Finding a second cornerback to play opposite Peterson has been a perennial issue for the Cardinals. With Peterson one of the best in the game, teams often didn’t even try passing in his direction, instead targeting the other defender. Arizona didn’t address the position in the draft until the sixth round, when they selected Chris Campbell out of Penn State.
The team drafted Brandon Williams out of Texas A&M in the third round in 2016 but the converted running back often has struggled when given opportunities.
New Cardinals coach Steve Wilks is a former defensive backs coach with the Carolina Panthers. He was defensive coordinator there a year ago.
AP Sports Writer Tom Withers in Cleveland contributed to this report
Following another strong start from Shane Bieber Connor Cook Jersey , Indians closer Cody Allen managed to hit the brakes just in time during yet another tense ninth inning.
Allen overcame Giancarlo Stanton’s leadoff homer in the ninth and retired pinch-hitter Didi Gregorius with the tying run on first to close out Cleveland’s 6-5 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.
Allen, making his first appearance since allowing a career-high six runs in the ninth inning against Cincinnati on Tuesday, recorded his 19th save in 20 chances. The right-hander tried to use that experience as a positive this time.
”What’s the old saying, experience comes from failure,” Allen said. ”You kind of have to go back and try to learn from all those moments and use them going forward.”
Greg Bird singled after Stanton’s homer, but Allen got Miguel Andujar to bounce into a double play. Allen walked Neil Walker, but Gregorius popped up to shortstop Francisco Lindor in shallow left field.
Allen has tried to put his performance against Cincinnati behind him.
”Sometimes it’s a little harder than others Roger Lewis Jersey , but you really don’t have a choice,” he said. ”Obviously the leadoff homer and that base hit there, you start to sometimes maybe allow it to speed up a little bit. You have to do your best to try and reel it in.”
Rookie right-hander Shane Bieber (5-1) pitched into the eighth inning. He was removed after Tyler Wade’s leadoff double and Cleveland leading 6-3. Brett Gardner’s RBI groundout cut the lead to two and set up the ninth.
Jose Ramirez, the starting third baseman for the AL in the All-Star Game, drove in two runs with a groundout in the first and a triple in the fifth. Michael Brantley, also an All-Star, hit a two-run double in the second.
The Indians broke a seven-game losing streak against the Yankees dating to last season’s AL Division Series when New York came back from a 2-0 deficit. The Yankees won the first four games between the teams this season.
Yankees rookie Domingo German (2-5) allowed six runs – matching a season high – in four-plus innings.
Bieber allowed four runs – three earned – in seven-plus innings. The right-hander was making his seventh major league start.
Neil Ramirez replaced Perez in the eighth and hit Aaron Judge with a 1-2 pitch Matt Breida Jersey , but struck out Aaron Hicks. Judge ran on the pitch and was called safe at second, but the call was overturned after a review. Stanton homered in the next at-bat leading off the ninth.
”Especially when Stanton comes up the next inning and hits a home run like that, it’s tough,” Judge said. ”But those are gambles. You’ve got to take those gambles. We took a risk and I was out.”
Ramirez’s groundout scored a run in the first and Cleveland added three in the second. Yan Gomes doubled in a run before Brantley added a two-run double.
New York got back in the game in the fifth on Walker’s RBI double and Gardner’s sacrifice fly, with a wild pitch scoring another run.
Ramirez’s RBI triple and Yonder Alonso’s run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning pushed the lead to 6-3.
Bieber has a 3.74 ERA in seven starts with Cleveland after beginning the season at Double-A Akron.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone had a simple explanation for German’s struggles.
”Just couldn’t find his fastball there the first couple innings,” Boone said. ”To his credit, he kind of righted the ship a little bit and got into a little bit of a rhythm because we were real close to probably having to get him out of there in the second inning.”
ON THE MOVE
Left-hander Ryan Merritt Matt Judon Jersey , who hasn’t pitched in the majors this season because of knee and shoulder injuries, was activated from the 60-day disabled list and designated for assignment by the Indians. Merritt started the series-clinching Game 5 of the 2016 ALCS against Toronto when Cleveland went to the World Series.
Yankees: C Gary Sanchez (strained right groin) ran the bases Friday and could begin a minor league rehab assignment Sunday at Triple-A Scranton. He’s been out since June 25.
Indians: LHP Andrew Miller (right knee inflammation) will throw to hitters Saturday at Double-A Akron and will likely begin a rehab assignment next week. He’s been on the disabled list since May 26.
Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.34 ERA) will make his 527th career start Saturday, tying him with Jerry Koosman and Jack Morris for 36th on the career list. RHP Mike Clevinger (7-4, 3.34) allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings at Yankee Stadium on May 6 in a no-decision.