This won’t be the Cleveland Browns of the past two years with the team’s new picks, and for fans that would be a good thing.
The Browns traded for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, cornerback Damarous Randall and wide receiver Jarvis Landry in separates trades. They also sent defensive tackle Danny Shelton to the Patriots and quarterback DeShone Kizer to the Packers.
Also, the team signed Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson, both offensive tackles, and Running back Carlos Hyde. According to the Associated Press, the Browns also inked agreements with T.J. Carrie and Terrance Mitchell, both cornerbacks, and defensive end Chris Smith.
The Browns are far from over, however, considering that they own the No. 1 and No. 4 overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, along with three other new picks in the second round.
John Dorsey, the new general manager of the Browns, said it was easy to pull the trigger on the trades because they received good football players in return. He said they sat for two months and assessed all the players the team needs.
He said, “We identified certain players we thought would help this organization moving forward who had the qualities we were looking for with regard to do they love football? Are they leaders at their position? Are they guys that are going to be good in the locker room?”
Stephenson and Hubbard could help fill in the huge hole that Joe Thomas will leave behind as he retired after 11 seasons.
“This was an extremely difficult decision, but the right one for me and my family,” Thomas said in his retirement announcement. “Playing in the NFL has taken a toll on my body and I can no longer physically compete at the level I need to.
Meanwhile, the Browns are reportedly still interested in Saquon Barkley, the projected best running back in the coming draft, despite the signing of Carlos Hyde.