Cleveland Browns: Why a Brock Osweiler trade to the Colts doesn’t make sense

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21: Brock Osweiler
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 21: Brock Osweiler /

The Cleveland Browns could make a trade involving their veteran quarterback. If they do though does it truly benefit them?

Cleveland Browns quarterback DeShone Kizer will be playing the majority of the game versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday night. After starting the first preseason and just playing two series on Monday night, one has to wonder what the future holds for Brock Osweiler.

It was assumed that Kizer would learn from Osweiler’s play, but Osweiler’s, as well as Cody Kessler‘s and Kevin Hogan‘s level of play has been extremely disappointing. Kizer has had his moments of success but at other times it was evident that he still has a way to go.

If Cleveland wants to go even younger, moving on from Osweiler would make all the sense in the world. Yet, looking around the NFL, there are not many teams with a glaring quarterback need. Some have more question marks rather than a pure need.

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One team in particular though that on paper would make sense is the Indianapolis Colts. It remains to be seen when starter Andrew Luck will play as it appears that Week 1 is going to be out of the question.

Meanwhile, backup Scott Tolzein has been starting, but he is not a starting-caliber QB.

Trading Osweiler to the Colts makes sense for them but not for the Browns. Cleveland still would need a decent (at worst) backup QB. Bringing back Tolzein doesn’t help and if Osweiler were to be dealt, all that is left behind assumed Week 1 starter Kizer is Kessler and Hogan.

That has to be keeping up head coach Hue Jackson at night thinking about that what if possibility.

Cleveland could acquire wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. Let’s face it, the Browns need help there, but Dorsett is not the answer. For those who are unaware of who Dorsett is, here’s a summary: He went to Miami (FL), was drafted in the first round, and is very fast.

That said, Dorsett is a smaller version of Browns WR Corey Coleman and they simply do not need a smaller Coleman. If Dorsett was acquired, Cleveland’s wide receiving corp would look similar to that of past WR corps in recent seasons.

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That is something the front office should stay away from.

I do not care that Ryan Grigson, who is part of Cleveland’s front office, drafted Dorsett. He is not the kind of wide receiver that is of need.

Now, if I was discussing Donte Moncrief, well that is a different story, but we all know the Colts won’t give him up.

Going another route, would the Colts really give up what the Browns want via draft picks? Maybe, but those picks are so valuable to NFL teams.

So, if Cleveland were to give up Osweiler, another quarterback more than likely would be needed more than likely, regardless of whether a Dorsett or draft pick is included or not.

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There could be more teams in better position to make more of a worthwhile offer, but I wouldn’t bank on that happening either.