I know what you’re thinking – who gives a crap about the Browns?
Nobody does. Well I guess Browns fans do, and maybe AFC North people.
But this morning’s news that Cleveland shipped Corey Coleman to the Bills for a 2020 7th round draft pick has an Eagles connection, because it makes the Carson Wentz trade look even more lopsided.
Going back to 2016, the Birds acquired the #2 overall pick and a 2017 4th rounder in exchange for this:
- 2016 1st round pick (#8 overall)
- 2016 3rd round pick (#77 overall)
- 2016 4th round pick (#100 overall)
- 2017 1st round pick
- 2018 2nd round pick
Cleveland traded back to take Coleman 15th overall in 2016, and used some of those picks to add more selections, ending up with these players as a result of the Wentz trade:
- WR Corey Coleman – traded for a 7th round pick
- QB Cody Kessler – traded to Jacksonville for a conditional 7th round pick
- QB DeShone Kizer – traded to the Packers for Damarious Randall
- OT Shon Coleman – looked like their starting left tackle this season, but sounds like he’s been moved over to RT in training camp
- OL Spencer Drango – started 19 games over two seasons, probably will be a backup this year
- S Derrick Kindred – 15 starts, 103 tackles, 1 interception, another projected backup + special teams guy
- WR Ricardo Louis – suffered a season-ending neck injury
- WR Jordan Payton – released before the 2017 season
- S Jabrill Peppers – they’re expected to move him to strong safety this year, returned punts and kicks and played FS as a rookie
- DE Chad Thomas – selected #67 overall this year
- CB Denzel Ward – selected #4 overall this year
- WR Antonio Callaway – #105 overall this year (Browns moved up using a split-off pick from the Wentz trade)
That’s the haul if you include all of the further trades Cleveland made using assets from the Wentz trade. The Eagles turned the 2017 4th rounder into Donnel Pumphrey. They were then able to flip the expendable Sam Bradford for a 2017 1st rounder (Derek Barnett) and a 4th round pick that was sent to the Dolphins for Jay Ajayi. The cap space opened up by the Bradford trade was used to sign Alshon Jeffery.
So yeah, maybe Peppers and Ward end up being the real deal for the Browns, or one of these other guys like Coleman turns it around, but it’s pretty obvious that quality vs. quantity ended up defining this trade.
But Patrick Claybon has a point:
We have to see who the 2020 7th rounder is before we can declare a winner in the Corey Coleman trade, folks.
— Patrick Claybon (@PatrickClaybon) August 6, 2018