Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Cleveland Browns: Grading every 2018 offseason trade

Cleveland Browns: Grading every 2018 offseason trade

The Browns aren't fooling around.

Most importantly, what the Browns essentially avoided in agreeing to the trade for Taylor before today is going into free agency without knowing who their quarterback would be for 2018.

After 16 straight losses on the field, victory.

The Cleveland Browns sent shockwaves throughout the National Football League on Friday executing a flurry of trades, acquiring quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback Damarious Randall, while sending away quarterback DeShone Kizer and defensive lineman Danny Shelton.

"The Browns brought in Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback Damarious Randall in a trading frenzy Friday".

Cleveland didn't trade for Landry and Thomas just to be content with being more competitive than it was in 2017. The teams came to terms on the deal Friday.

Miami finished sixth-worst in scoring last season and went 6-10.

Browns fans enjoy debates every bit as much as they do the draft. But the organization has at least put itself in a position to surround him, and/or whoever comes next, with the most talent at the skill positions that we have seen in Cleveland in a long time.

Instead, the Browns need to be ready to control free agency at other positions and help the rookie quarterback rather than guarantee a short-term player eight figures for the upcoming season.

Joe Thomas is more than excited about the flurry of moves made by the Cleveland Browns over the past two days, but he said that won't affect his decision on whether to play in 2018 or retire.

Landry clashed at times with controlling coach Adam Gase and was ripped by Gase after being ejected in the fourth quarter of the season finale against the Buffalo Bills.

The Browns could reshape the market as Team Leverage, submitting proposals to these quarterbacks whose agents would then try to gouge better teams.

It was no secret the Cleveland Browns were going to be busy this off-season after becoming only the second team in National Football League history to finish a year 0-16, but no one could've anticipated what we saw Friday. "To be able to acquire the top receiver who could be out there and available - and I think he did it for a fourth-round pick this year and they're giving him like a seventh-round pick in 2019 - this is peanuts, baby". The deal could still fall through, as we saw previous year, but a wide receiver corps of Landry, Gordon, and Coleman is a nice start.

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. Cleveland also jettisoned some draft picks that could have been useful for long-term team building.

Multiple sources have reported that the Browns have acquired Bills QB Tyrod Taylor in exchange for a third round pick (No. 65).

It's still possible Cleveland could go with Barkley with the No. 1 pick, but the Browns shouldn't let the addition of Taylor sway them in either direction. He's thrown for 8,857 yards in the last three seasons combined and has rushed for 1,575 yards. The 25-year-old cornerback, picked 30th overall in 2015, is set to earn $1,090,381 in the final year of his rookie contract. He also traded quarterback DeShone Kizer to Green Bay.

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