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Friday, March 9, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL FREE AGENT MOVEMENT: BROWNS TRADING FOR EVERYONE

Well I would say the Cleveland Browns have been a bit busy today.  Having gone into free agency with an insane amount of cap room, the Browns quickly went to work on re-building the team by pulling off three significant trades Friday.  First up was the Browns acquiring slot receiving dynamo Jarvis Landry from the Miami Dolphins for two draft picks.  Prior to the deal, Landry had proven himself to be a PPR gem in catching over 100 passes in two of the last three seasons and he will likely be a heavily-targeted slot man again with the Browns in 2018.  Which leads us to the next deal......

Which was the Browns picking up QB Tyrod Taylor from the Buffalo Bills for the number 65th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.  With Bills head coach Sean McDermott making it no secret he had no use for Taylor, the move is no surprise.  Taylor will now start Week 1 for the Browns as head coach Hue Jackson had repeatedly said he would not go with a rookie to begin the year.  While Taylor is far from a top-end passer, he has been effective as a very good runner and also not turning the ball over.  Taylor is the perfect stopgap passer for whatever QB the Browns draft this spring, whether it is with the top overall pick or later on. 

Finally, the Browns pulled off their third deal of the day by acquiring cornerback Damarious Randall from the Green Bay Packers.  Randall will help shore up what was a big weakness for the Browns last season and thus, lessen the need to spend a high draft pick on the spot this spring. 

In totality, the trade for Taylor likely signals that the Browns will use the top oveall pick on Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and no one would have any reason to question the move after the insane performance the kid put on at the NFL Combine.  The Brown could use their second first-round pick on the position with someone like a Josh Rosen or a Baker Mayfield.  No matter which way they, we learned Friday GM John Dorsey is ready to shake things up. 


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