Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Cleveland Browns: 3 ways the recent trades impact the offseason

Damarious Randall to Cleveland The former first-rounder joins a flurry of players headed to Cleveland on a busy Friday
Kristopher Love | 12 March, 2018, 05:30

If the Browns got something done with that other team, then the first team would just be left hanging. The year before, the Browns traded out of the second overall pick with the Philadelphia Eagles, who used that pick on Carson Wentz.

I choose my words carefully here, because there are still so many variables that could send their house of cards tumbling, but the Browns are setting themselves up for potentially a very nice offense. He took a $10 million dollar pay cut to stay with the team last season.

Dorsey understands that since the Browns can't point to anything tangible on the field from the last two years, they needed to generate buzz and create some momentum before the free agency period begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Whoever the Browns choose to select to play, either Taylor or a top quarterback in the draft, is already in a better position than Chicago's Trubisky because of a player like Landry. Drafting a quarterback with the first overall pick would ensure that the Browns would have a young quarterback to groom for a year while Taylor starts.

Before landing Taylor, Cleveland was expected to target a veteran in free agency.

The Dolphins used their franchise tag on Landry last month, and he signed the one-year contract worth $15.982 million guaranteed on Thursday, paving the path for a trade.

Do the Browns pass on a possible franchise type of QB in Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen for the likes of Mayfield?

In addition to acquiring three quality starters without giving up much, Cleveland now holds the first- and fourth-overall picks in April's draft plus three second-rounders. Chances are good one of them will be in Cleveland with Taylor, and this skill position group. Haley spent the past six seasons working with Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le'Veon Bell.

Dorsey also took care of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams by acquiring Randall, a former first-round pick who was inactive for the Packers' final two games last season with a knee injury. He was benched in the second half of a September 28 game against Chicago by coach Mike McCarthy, who sent him to the locker room. Sherman was an overlooked fifth-round draft pick who went on to become a two-time All-Pro who helped anchor a defense that was the league's best for several years. Why would he desire to keep a team that finished 0-16 intact?

He was due $13 million for the 2018 season and his release gives Seattle a salary cap savings of about $11 million.

But after an historic losing season, the wins don't feel as far away.