Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Browns players react to trades with shock and happiness on Twitter

Browns players react to trades with shock and happiness on Twitter

The Cleveland Browns are wheeling and dealing.

Drafted 30th overall in 2015, Randall started 30 games with the Packers, recording at least three picks in every one of his seasons in Green Bay, although he finished a year ago on Injured Reserve. NFL Network's Ian Rapaport is reporting that the Packers will receive Browns starting quarterback Deshaun Kizer in the trade.

Houlihan Callahan on the Green Bay depth chart behind Aaron Rodgers. But injuries robbed him of much of his 2016 season and it crushed his development. He played in 39 games over three seasons. Eliot Wolf and Alonzo Highsmith left the Packers' front office to join John Dorsey with the Browns this offseason when Gutekunst replaced Ted Thompson.

One would have to assume Green Bay wouldn't have made this move without the blessing of Pettine, who inherits a defense bereft of talent at corner.

Player reaction also included tons of eyes emojis.


The trade is believed to be tied to a deal earlier in the day that sent cornerback Damarious Randall to Cleveland.

The Browns had been talking to numerous teams about many players, according to Pro Football Talk.

Giving up Kizer, their starter in 2017, makes sense in light of Friday's trade for Tyrod Taylor.

They have two of the top four picks in the draft, after all, so they are bound to be able to get at least one of the top four quarterback prospects in a class that is generally considered to be above average for the position.

Why did the Browns trade Kizer?

Taylor, 28, threw for 2,799 yards, 14 touchdowns and 4 interceptions in 14 starts in 2017 and led the Bills to their first playoff appearance since 1999.

He vastly outplayed Brett Hundley who struggled mightily with the Packers for most of his time as the starter, showing a lack of polish and poise. He also has experience playing safety.

In truth, Kizer's days appeared numbered in Cleveland as the team was expected to target a veteran in free agency - before getting Taylor, that is - and the Browns will likely use the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft on a QB. They could bundle those picks to move up, but that's hardly the selling point of the deal.

The Browns aren't done making moves on the last Friday of the league year.

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