It’s time to recoup some draft picks by trading these three Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns aren’t likely to make the playoffs this season. At 2-5 and a ref’s kiss away from being 1-6, that ship has sailed. Mathematically, it hasn’t. The Browns are still relatively in the hunt to win the division, and could.
In fact, the Browns should still try to win, but they need to consider winning without some of their more “important” pieces. In fact, in any other year with the same record, I would be advocating for re-signing and extending some of these players. After all, a team can be rebuilt in a single offseason with the right coach and scheme.
Look at the New York Giants and Jets. They had quick turnarounds with little to no turnover. They just needed to be healthy in the case of the Jets and to have a head coach who knew what he was doing in the case of the Giants (and be healthy).
So the Browns are not “done” by any means. They’ll likely be a team to beat in 2023, but they need to reload some pieces and change out some others. The problem is, part of that process involves the draft. The Browns gutted their better draft picks to get the mercurial Deshaun Watson. So they don’t have a lot of draft picks right now.
That fact is made worse as the Browns will likely have to replace whole chunks of players from the last three drafts as well. So they need more draft picks to fill out the mounting holes in the team. Plus, with the fact Watson’s contract balloons by $40 million next season, they can’t just rely on free agency.
So trading these four Browns players has to happen.