Browns: 6 best trades Cleveland should make at onset of free agency

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1. Stephon Gilmore, CB, Pats

David Njoku wanted out of here last season, and the Browns kept him. I’m of the camp who is glad they did, as Njoku as a third tight end, actually played well.

Alas, he’s supposed to make $6 million next season. That’s a lot of money to pay the third guy on the depth chart.

That’s why the Browns must consider trading David Njoku to the Patriots for Stephon Gilmore, which was suggested by ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi.  Bill Belichick needs a tight end and Gilmore would help the Browns defense in 2021.

Gilmore’s a veteran, but he’s only under contract for one more year. If it blows up in Cleveland’s face, he’s gone at the end of the 2021 and the Browns can reclaim $7 million in cap space.

If Gilmore can be effective, he shores up the cornerback position that has major question marks, largely due to the injury status of Greedy Williams, who injured his shoulder on the first day of training camp.

Plus adding him takes the pressure off the Browns to draft a corner at the end of the first round. They could probably find a starter there, but after that, it’d be unfair to expect a corner to come in and play significant time as a rookie.