Browns trade rumors: Cleveland likely to add WR help

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In Browns trade rumors, Cleveland is likely to add help at the wide receiver position before the Oct. 31 trading deadline.

Can you catch? This is no joke, because if you can, you might be able to get a job on the Cleveland Browns.

Beware though, the team’s healthcare coverage might not be enough to save you from the scars of losing.

Seriously though, the Browns will look to trade for a wide receiver according to ESPN Cleveland analyst Tony Grossi.

But the longtime Browns’ scribe noted that while a trade is inevitable, it’s unclear whether the team will pursue another “bargain,” such as Sammie Coates, or make a play for a big-time receiver using one of the many draft choices they’ve accumulated.

Who could the Browns actually get? That’s a good question because teams generally don’t trade top producing receivers. These game-changers don’t grow on trees. Every front office outside of Cleveland seems to understand that having pass catching playmakers can actually help you win games.

Grossi also addressed the possibility of taking a receiver in the top five next season, which he wrote wasn’t likely with this front office. His tone indicated that the analytically driven group wouldn’t consider wasting a high pick on an elite level prospect.

"I don’t have a read yet on the prospective receiver class for the 2018 draft. However, I can say that I don’t believe the New Browns Order would spend a top 5 pick on a receiver. Just won’t."

Next year might be too late for Hue Jackson, anyways, so the front office better focus on the present.

Miami is coming off a loss to lowly Jets,  so maybe the Dolphins make Jarvis Landry available? His name was flying among the trade winds before the season. Landry is 5-foot-11, and doesn’t have the size to go deep downfield, but at the very least, he gets open, having accumulated double-digit targets during the last two weeks.

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Sammie Watkins just turned in a 100-yard receiving game during the Rams big win last Thursday. The Rams saw how poor their receiving corps was, and took a gamble on Watkins, who wasn’t living up to his status as a first-round pick with the Bills.

It cost them corner E.J. Gaines and a 2018 second rounder. The Browns had the ammo to get him, but the former Clemson star probably wasn’t even on their radar.

Maybe Pierre Garcon would be available. The 49ers seems to want the No. 1 pick more than the Browns and Jets at this point.  The 31-year old Mount Union product has 16 catches for 249 yards.

He’d, at the least, give DeShone Kizer a security blanket, which is something you can’t say about the Browns big-free signing, Kenny Britt.

The 49ers would probably love to turn an over 30 receiver into a second- or third-round draft choice.

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Garcon signed a five-year, $49 million deal San Francisco during the offseason. It’s reported that he will earn $16 million during the 2017 campaign.