Cleveland Browns: Number of trade options but are they realistic?

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The Cleveland Browns could make a trade but who they may have to give up are not guaranteed to land good returns.

Thursday night will be a busy time for not only the Cleveland Browns, but for the rest of the NFL too. That is because the 31st is the cut down date for rosters to get down to 53 players.

There has already been some movement by Cleveland, but more is on the horizon. To get to that number, the Browns could opt to trade certain members of the roster.

For some time now, the assumption has been made that quarterback Brock Osweiler would be dealt. Not playing versus the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier this week did not help his case, but that could be just to see what fellow signal-callers Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan would do.

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Maybe Osweiler gets dealt, maybe he doesn’t. There are only so many quarterback options available should an injury or poor play occur. Even if Osweiler is on the roster come September 1st, I wouldn’t rule out a trade prior to the deadline.

So, if Osweiler stays in Cleveland, who else could be considered. Off and on over the last few seasons, I recall speculation that cornerback Joe Haden could be on the move. A major reason why that was is because Haden has not played up to the level we are used to seeing.

He hasn’t been the same way due to injuries and the former Florida Gator has lost a step. Well, is it safe to ramp up the chances Haden will get traded now? It is up to you, but check this out via Tom Withers of the AP:

Following practice, this could be nothing and just a coincidence. However, I don’t buy it. Cleveland is getting younger and it remains to be seen if Haden will ever get close to playing like his old self. Withers then stated due to an injury to Indianapolis Colts corner Vontae Davis, Indy could be a team of interest.

Haden is still just 28 but the lack of production is the issue. His contract is a problem as well as he makes more than $10 million in 2017, but at least it is a better deal that Osweiler’s.

Would I be surprised Haden gets moved? No. Will he actually be traded? Tough to say, but right now it seems like it is more likely than not. If/once Haden does get traded, don’t expect anything more than a day three pick.

Last but not least, offensive lineman Cameron Erving. How he is still on a NFL roster is beyond me. It does not hurt to try to get value if you’re Cleveland. If there’s a team that believes they can redirect his career into a positive outlook the more power to them. Believe it or not, Erving is actually in trade talks.

Let’s be honest. If Cleveland could get a seventh rounder for Erving, then they would have hit a home run. Erving was unsuccessful finding a spot along the line so far in his Cleveland tenure and there is no sign that things will change soon for him.

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A change of scenery is inevitable. The question though is will Erving see the inside of another locker room or will he just be a one-contract player? It won’t be long before we see the news that Erving is no longer on the Browns’ roster. How exactly is to be determined but my guess is he will be released.