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National Football League notebook: Browns shake things up, make 3 trades

13 March 2018

How else do you explain Gutekunst's first trade as GM Friday - an out-of-the-blue deal in which he shipped enigmatic cornerback Damarious Randall, the team's 2015 first-round pick, to the Cleveland Browns for quarterback DeShone Kizer, who'll compete for the No. 2 job behind Aaron Rodgers after Brett Hundley's disappointing 10-game audition last season?

Cousins might not be the game's best QB, but adding him could make the Vikings the new favorite to win it all in 2018. The Browns are still expected to take a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.

Kizer, who went 0-15 as a starter and led the National Football League with 22 interceptions during a straining rookie season, will compete for Green Bay's backup job behind star Aaron Rodgers. As long as we feel we are directionally correct and getting better, then we will stick with things. Taylor can make plays happen with his arm and his legs. Two years ago, he had 96 catches for 1,321 yards and 12 TDs. I am angry at the fact that the Browns would not choose a quarterback in one of the best quarterback classes in the last 5 years. Taylor can serve as a bridge while the Browns find a quarterback to eventually take over and be the face of the franchise. All Cleveland needs is a breakaway running back and the Browns could get one with the No. 4 overall pick if Penn State's Saquon Barkley is still around. That's what I look for him to do in the offseason. He's a competitor so of course he wants to play every game and he felt he played good enough to be the starter, but head coach Sean McDermott felt otherwise. After seeing the Jacksonville Jaguars improve their record by seven games in 2017, it's not as far-fetched a thought to think this is a team that could be competitive with the right parts added to a fractured lineup, solid moves in free agency, and drafting a franchise quarterback, offensive weapons and help on both the offensive and defensive line. This is often a critical time for the front offices of active National Football League teams, as the framework for potential deals gets hammered out. "I think this is probably a several-year rebuilding program". Why would he desire to keep a team that finished 0-16 intact?

That's what the Browns are essentially paying to get.

Strap in Browns fans, this has the potential to be a insane week.

The Browns gave him more to think about. When he and Sammy Watkins were together he rarely targeted Watkins but hit him many times on deep balls. One of them included acquiring the talented wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for two mid-round picks in the upcoming draft.

The Baltimore Ravens enter free agency, which begins on March 14, with easily has the worst depth at wide receiver in the AFC North. Landry will take away those touches, so Gordon will be a touchdown-dependent WR1, which is cause for concern with Taylor's lack of career touchdown passes. Maybe that will change in Cleveland, but that's how it went down during his time in Buffalo. Of the league's top 37 quarterbacks (that each started 6 games or more), the average passing yards per game is around 229. The player the Browns drafted that made Danny Shelton expendable, Larry Ogunjobi, was picked at No. 65, after all.

National Football League notebook: Browns shake things up, make 3 trades