The Browns should move these three players before the NFL Trade Deadline.
The Browns have some pieces they can use to improve their roster, that’s the plus side of stocking up on talent. Currently sitting at 4-4, the Cleveland Browns have to do anything they can to improve their roster. That means recognizing who can go and why.
Two of these players have fallen out of favor in Cleveland and one of them is about to. That may not make them the most enticing options. One is washed up, one is a bad play away from pulling a Myles Garrett and the other one is all hype and riddled with injuries.
These three players can help Cleveland one more time by being trade bait in an attempt to improve the team. To be clear, none of these should be done for the sake of doing them. A player of interest must be included. These aren’t done to stockpile draft picks.
These are three players the Browns should trade before the deadline
The current rumor on Odell Beckham is that no one wants him. Many teams believe Beckham isn’t worth anything and the Browns would simply move him for a salary dump. I think more for a salary swap if anything. If you trade for Brandin Cooks, Beckham could be shipped over with a mid-round pick for him. If you want to get out of the money, he can be cut after the season with no dead-cap penalties. He’s a great asset if a team wants to get out from under a contract.
Trade For: Contract Swap
His attitude and poor play have cost the Browns enough. He’s had too many incidents where he’s let his ego get the best of him. He’s not playing well enough to warrant taking the chance on him and should the Browns get into more important games, say the playoffs, a guy like Harrison can’t be relied upon because you don’t know if he’s going to cheap shot an opposing player and laugh about it later.
Trade For: Offensive Line Depth.
Denzel Ward isn’t, or at the very least, shouldn’t be long for the Browns. Greedy Williams has impressed mightly and Greg Newsome is everything we had hoped he’d be. Normally, you would want to hang onto a player like Ward, but he’s entering the last year of his deal. If you can improve your receiver corp by trading Ward, I don’t think you hesitate to do it. He’s not worth the $13 million he’ll get next year, and trading him will save you $9 million after the cap hit. He’s no longer productive at the level someone of his draft position should be, and he’s constantly injured. If he wasn’t on the cusp of making $13 million, it’d make more sense to keep him and move him to the team’s nickel corner and let Williams and Newsome take the reigns. Yet when you and Troy Hill have nearly the same PFF grade, and Hill’s the fourth cornerback on the roster, you know you aren’t the ace you were supposed to be.
Trade For: Safety or Receiver help.