How was your week

Posted: March 10, 2018 by Sports Time Radio in football, sports, Sports Time Radio, Uncategorized

With the trades that they made yesterday and the fact that they own the 1st and 4th pick in the upcoming draft did the Cleveland Browns just make themselves a playoff contender?

Cleveland’s day started with the announcement that they’d be acquiring wide receiver Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins. Landry was officially given the franchise tag by the Dolphins on Tuesday. Now the Browns have the most salary cap room in the NFL; so they have a good shot at signing Landry long term. Cleveland sent a 2018 4th round pick (#123) and a 2019 7th round pick to the Dolphins for Landry.

While Landry is coming off a 100 plus catch season a lot of experts don’t see him as a true #1 receiver, but in Cleveland if Josh Gordon is anywhere close to the play he use to be and he can stay out of trouble Landry cam freely operate as a top tier #2 receiver.

After building what looks like a solid wide receiver unit the Browns decided that they needed a different quarterback to run their offense. Cleveland sent a 2018 3rd round pick (#65) to the Buffalo Bills for Tyrod Taylor.

Taylor is in the final year of his contract and he is schedule to make $16 million dollars next season. Essentially this is a prove it season for Taylor as he looks for a new contract. What the Browns decide to do with their 1st round draft picks will also give a hint to Taylor’s future.

With Taylor appearing to be an upgrade at quarterback from last season the question then is what do the Browns do with last years starting quarterback DeShone Kizer.

Shortly after acquiring Taylor the Browns answered that question as Kizer was dealt to the Green Bay Packers for cornerback Damarious Randall. The teams also agreed to flip 4th and 5th round picks in the upcoming draft.

Randall was the Packers 1st round pick, #30 overall in the 2015 draft. In three seasons Randall played in 39 games making 30 starts. He has 10 career interceptions posting a career high 4 picks this past season. Randall has returned 2 of his 10 interceptions for touchdowns.

The Browns had 8 interceptions as a team last season; so it looks as though Randall will move right into a starting role in Cleveland’s secondary.

Cleveland made these deals in about two hours. Are the Browns done dealing? Or is there a chance will see them make some more moves.

If Cleveland doesn’t have anymore trades on the table they’ll be able to turn their attention to the April 26th draft. The Browns have the 1st and the 4th picks in the 1st round of that draft and that gives them an opportunity to add two more players who can contribute right away if they decide to go that route.

With the acquisition of Taylor it gives the Browns the chance to take the guy who could have the biggest impact as a rookie next season, Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. There will still be a lot of experts saying that the Browns should select a quarterback with that top pick, but if they’re interested in adding a quarterback they can take one three picks after they add Barkley. While there are as many as five quarterbacks taken in the 1st round; so there will be another quarterback out there for the Browns to try and develop if that’s the route they want to go. Barkley is clearly the top running back in the draft and he may be the only one taken in the 1st round. He’s the best choice for Cleveland at the top of the draft and if there are any questions ask the Jacksonville Jaquars what a difference having Leonard Fournette in their backfield made for them last season.

How do you feel about the Browns moves they’ve made? Did they do enough to make themselves a playoff contender? Or do they need to do more?

In a few other NFL moves the Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed wide receiver Mike Evans to a 5 year $82.5 million dollar deal. Evans deal includes $55 million dollars of guaranteed money with an average salary of $16.5 million dollars in 2018. Evans base salary is $13.258 million dollars while his salary cap hit will be the same.

Evans has been a 1000 yard receiver in all four of his season with Tampa Bay, but his production was down a little last season. Evans caught 71 passes for 1001 yards and 5 touchdowns over 15 games last season.

Evans is a true #1 wide receiver and his signing gives quarterback Jameis Winston to top target to throw to.

In a move that’s been rumored all week long the Seattle Seahawks officially released cornerback Richard Sherman. The move will save the Seahawks $11 million dollars against the salary cap. Seattle also added a failed physical designation upon his release, allowing the cornerback to be eligible for a $1.15 MM injury guarantee if he never plays again.

Sherman has every intention of playing next season as he recovers from surgery on his Achilles. Sherman suffered the injury in the Seahawks November 9th 2017 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Sherman has said that he is months away from being fully healthy.

Sherman was the Seahawks 5th round draft pick (#154) of the 2011 draft. He’s played in 105 career games and made 99 starts. He has 32 career interceptions and has returned 2 of those for touchdowns. Sherman posted a NFL high 8 interceptions in 2013 and those 32 interceptions are the most by any player since 2011.

There are a lot of teams that could use a healthy Richard Sherman and there have already been a few teams linked to the new free agent. The New England Patriots name came up right away as did the Detroit Lions. The Seahawks themselves didn’t rule out attempting to try and bring Sherman back. Sherman himself has said that he’d like to play for a contending team. If Sherman can pass a physical and prove to teams he’s healthy he won’t be a free agent for long.

The Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles made a deal yesterday along with all the other action. Philadelphia sent wide receiver Torrey Smith to the Carolina Panthers for cornerback Daryl Worley.

Smith caught 36 passes for 430 yards and 2 touchdowns last season for the Eagles. Worley started 14 games for the Panthers last season, playing in 15 games total and had 2 interceptions.

It appeared as though the Eagles where going to declined the option on Smith’s contract for the 2018 season; so they where able to get something in return for him.

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