Following a day that saw the Browns acquire former Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and former Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry in trades, that is no longer the case. Trades, including the four the Browns agreed upon (Dorsey will also send defensive tackle Danny Shelton and a 2018 fifth-round choice to the New England Patriots for a 2019 third-round pick), can not be completed until then. Tim Benz says the Landry acquisition was a great haul, but the several other deals haven't quite moved the needle enough.
Per the contract website Spotrac.com, the Browns will use about $32 million in salary-cap space as a result of their recent trades and enter free agency with $77.8 million in room. Now that he is gone, the pursuit is even stronger for them to their answer at quarterback.
Now, however, it appears the Browns aren't set on one particular passer among the draft's top five quarterbacks, though they're still looking to select a franchise quarterback this year.
They could also unload their No. 4 pick for an NFL-proven talent. Worley, a third-round pick in 2016, started 25 games in the past two seasons for the Panthers.
"Beyond the Playbook" correspondent Matt Sabuda believes the trade now gives the Bills the currency needed to move up in the draft to target one of the highly touted quarterback prospects. This doesn't mean players aren't working back channels to lure Cousins; they just haven't done it in a public forum.
Shelton's departure may give more playing time to Larry Ogunjobi, a third-round pick previous year who made one start and finished with 32 tackles and a sack in 14 games. The Browns, though, are expected to work on a new deal with Landry, 5-foot-11 and 208 pounds, who has made the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons.
That said, crazier things have happened during the draft, especially with the Browns. They traded signal caller Tyrod Taylor to the Browns for a third-round pick, leaving a void under center as they trudge into the offseason, making it likely they try finding a player in next month's draft. The dynamic Taylor, who finished with a 23-21 record in three seasons with Buffalo, can affect the game as a passer or runner and he's the type of quarterback Browns coach Hue Jackson has sought since coming to Cleveland.
After many years of being regarded as a location where players' careers go to die, the Browns may have finally begun to right the ship. Though their draft plans have been on the down low, Saquon Barkley could take the pressure off of Taylor in his first year. How ideal that their new franchise running back can help lead the celebration? Now that he has gotten over his off-field issues, Cleveland will see what they have in former second-round pick.
Free agency is next and with all that cap space, Dorsey really gets to spend Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's money.
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Brees' contract will void Wednesday afternoon, and he'll count for $18 million in dead space for the upcoming season. Brees could walk away from New Orleans and get paid more money and have just as good of a chance to win elsewhere.
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