With the trade deadline approaching at 4PM today, it may be worth listing the members of the Cleveland Browns that could be on the move. Typical NFL seasons have little action around this time despite flurries of rumors. But as we have all seen, this is far from a typical season. Two first-round draft selections have been traded, our backup quarterback took over three games in, and the only accolades received were due to our punter getting a slew of chances to down balls inside of the 20-yard line.
With that said, here’s a quick list (in no particular order) of who could be on the move within the next six hours…
He has been benched. He is unhappy. He sold his house. If he received the majority of the snaps from here out, he could be $11 million richer. The Browns listened to offers for the former first-rounder before the season started, so now that the waters have become clearer for other teams, there may be more of a pressing issue to acquire the quarterback. He has very little in terms of a future in Cleveland, so if not now – when? Then again, it doesn’t appear that the current QB is “the future” either…
He’s an Eric Mangini guy, and continues to be the most exciting player on the Browns. However, he wants a new contract and that hasn’t sat well with this front office in regard to other players. There have been other teams that have expressed interest, specifically teams that feel they could flourish with Cribbs’ skill set in their backfield. Then again, both teams that have acquired Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards have yet to win a game with their new weapons. Mangini has stated that he is not looking to move Josh Cribbs, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be shipped elsewhere if the perfect deal is offered.
This came as a bit of a surprise yesterday, but Wimbley’s name has been floated as a player to be moved. He has improved his play drastically from last season, but did not get to play in the Pittsburgh game thanks to the flu bug that has plagued the Cleveland area. There are a handful of teams that could use an improved pass-rush, and Wimbley is still very young. Put in the right position (perhaps a 4-3?), our No. 95 could see an uptick in production. No word on what the team would look for in return, but it appears that draft picks get anything done these days. For what it’s worth, The OBR also feels that this rumor is just that.
After a lackluster initial campaign with the Browns, Williams looks to finally understand what it takes to be a 3-4 defensive end. What he has going against him is the fact that he’s overpaid, and is a Phil Savage guy. One of those square-peg, round hole types. Williams’ name has been in the rumor mill since pre-NFL Draft, and there are several teams that could use a defensive lineman. Ironically enough, the Plain Dealer has listed the New York Jets as one of them. Yep, another trade with the Jets…
John St. Clair
Just wishful thinking, really…
He makes a lot of money, hasn’t exactly seen eye-to-eye with the front office, and doesn’t seem as motivated this year as he did last. Sure, he has blocked more field goals in the first six games than most lineman do in an entire career, but has he really turned a lot of heads consistently this season? It would likely take a lot to get Rogers on another team, so given the fact that the Browns are not exactly competing – and could use an entire revamp – you can’t fault the team for at least listening. The Jets rumor that I mentioned in the Williams piece would also apply here given that Kris Jenkins is now out for the season. I would hate to see him go, but I can’t say that I would be surprised.