What to make of the Cleveland Browns

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While most of you were hitting up happy hour after a long week of work, the Cleveland Browns decided it was time to change the fortune of their franchise.  They made a flurry of moves late last week and it is my duty as the Editor in Chief at Stay Tuned Folks! to break this all down for you.  So that is exactly what we are going to do here.

To start, here is a summary of all the moves made in total:

The Browns landed a top receiver in Jarvis Landry, a serviceable quarterback in Tyrod Taylor, got rid of their 837th quarterback of the future in Deshone Kizer, all while exchanging a bunch of draft picks and holding on to all of their top draft picks in this year’s draft.

It is important to note in all of this that Tyrod Taylor’s contract is up after this season.  He is owed $16 million in 2018.  This will help take a look at big picture what the Browns are looking to do at the quarterback situation.  This is a Mike Glennon type situation we have here folks. Tyrod Taylor will most likely be used as a bridge quarterback. You should expect the Browns to draft a quarterback once again with one of the two top five picks they have in this year’s draft.

The Browns were previously linked to AJ McCarron and it seemed as though they would sign him as their quarterback of the future.  Hue Jackson had come out and said he preferred him.  The Browns even screwed up a trade for him earlier this season in typical Browns fashion.  This should save them a ton of money but once again they will risk drafting a quarterback to build around.  As most of you know, the Browns have not had the most success with their quarterbacks…Screen-Shot-2016-03-25-at-10.43.23-PM

My main question is why not at least entertain the thought of signing Kirk Cousins?  Yes, he would cost the Browns a lot of money but the Browns have money to blow.  The Browns currently have $108,692,537 in cap space this offseason, the most in the NFL.  This would have given them a proven, franchise quarterback and they would not have had to draft a quarterback with one of their top picks.  This also could have at least put their fans at ease, now once again Browns fans will have to put their hope in a young quarterback who will most likely fail.  I mean c’mon imagine the Browns with Kirk Cousins, Saquon Barkley, Josh Gordon, and Jarvis Landry.  Nasty.

Speaking of Jarvis Landry, what a deal by the Cleveland Browns.  The Miami Dolphins may not have been able to afford the franchise tag Jarvis Landry had previously signed with them.  They were looking to deal him and the Dolphins took full advantage of this.  Jarvis Landry for a 4th round pick this year and an 7th round pick in the 2019 draft is an absolute steal. The Browns are likely to extend Landry and spend a pretty penny on that for sure.  The pretty penny will be well worth it, the Browns acquired a pro bowl caliber receiver who is only 25 years old.

The Browns gave up rather quickly on their most recent franchise QB Deshone Kizer.  They shipped him off to Green Bay for cornerback Damarious Randall.  The teams also swapped 4th and 5th round picks in this year’s draft.  The Packers gain a backup quarterback with a few years left on his deal and the Browns receive a former first round pick in Randall.

Now that the dust has all settled, let’s take a quick look at the Browns moving forward.  Here are the draft picks the Browns will have in this year’s draft:

Round 1, pick 1
Round 1, pick 4
Round 2, pick 33
Round 2, pick 35
Round 2, pick 64
Round 4, pick 114
Round 5, pick 150
Round 5, pick 159
Round 6, pick 175
Round 7, pick 219

The consensus is that the Browns will draft Saquon Barkley with the top pick and most likely a quarterback with pick #4.  The Browns have 5 picks in the first 2 rounds of the draft.  They will get a full year of last year’s #1 pick Myles Garrett.  They will hopefully have their franchise quarterback in Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold.  Best case, Tyrod Taylor surpasses expectations and shows he can handle the reigns.  Worst case, the Browns once again do not have a quarterback of the future.  Overall, the outlook for the 0-16 Browns is looking bright.  You cannot get much worse than 0 wins in a season in my opinion.  How will the Browns fare moving forward? Only time will tell, stay tuned folks!

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