Browns continue busy day with Randall-Kizer swap
- Author: Angelo Rivera Mar 15, 2018,
Mar 15, 2018, 3:46
One of four trades they agreed to this past weekend, the Browns acquired Randall in a deal that sent quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Packers, in addition to swaps of the team's fourth and fifth-round picks.
Beginning at noon Monday (March 12), teams will be permitted to negotiate with the agents of soon-to-be unrestricted free agents.
Add on top of that a couple of young and talented pass-catching tight ends in David Njoku, last year's first-round pick (or one of them), and the surprising Seth DeValve, who is not going to make a Pro Bowl but is going to produce, and suddenly Cleveland doesn't look like a bad destination for a quarterback, based on his target options.
Altogther, that's two mid-round picks this year, a late-round pick next year, and a discarded quarterback for three players who will all likely start in 2018.
The rapid-fire succession of moves left some teams shocked.
New Orleans Saints backup quarterback Chase Daniel, who spent three seasons as the Kansas City Chiefs' backup while Dorsey was their GM, or the Miami Dolphins' Matt Moore are among the veteran backup quarterbacks who'll be available. But Taylor will be a free agent after the season and that won't take the Browns out of the running for a quarterback at the top of the draft. Taylor never had an arsenal like this in Buffalo so imagine what he will do with actual weapons?
For much of the predraft process, it's seemed like a foregone conclusion that the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants would kick off the 2018 National Football League draft with a pair of top quarterbacks. This leaves Nathan Peterman as the lone quarterback on the team's roster.
He played in and started 15 games with the Browns as a rookie, completing 53.6 percent of his passes and throwing for 2,894 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Landry is as good as they get.
Currently, they have at least Josh Gordon and Corey Coleman at wide receiver. With Taylor off of the books, the Bills will free up north of $10 million in cap space. The Browns are expected to attempt to work out a long-term deal with Landry.
"Obviously, we'll be very active on the first day in terms of the higher-profile guys", Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Landry reacted to his trade by tweeting out: "Y'all better understand [expletive] about to get SERIOUS..." The Browns need an enforcer at strong safety, and he should be able to make much more of an impact there in 2018. Kizer threw for 214 yards and three touchdowns against the Packers, although he did also have two interceptions.
The Browns also have Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick on their radar with the No. 4 overall pick in the draft. He had some injuries issues - and a visible spat with the team - in 2017, but finished the year as Green Bay's best cover cornerback.
Randall was sent to the locker room during a Week 4 win over the Bears at Lambeau Field.