In classic Browns fashion, Cleveland has made a trade that left everybody stunned and wondering: “what were they thinking?!”
The Houston Texans have traded Brock Osweiler to the Cleveland Browns. They’ve also sent a second-round pick in 2018 with him, and they’ll get a fourth-rounder this year from the Browns. In the wake of this, Robert Griffin III is likely to be released, per Ian Rappoport.
I have read that apparently the Browns may have been more attracted by the second-rounder than by Osweiler. That’s all well and good, but it’s a second-rounder they can’t use until 2018, and Osweiler still has a massive contract that Cleveland now has to deal with that’s going to seriously limit their cap space.
I don’t understand this at all. The Browns, if they had played their cards right, actually could’ve created a decent QB situation out of what they had before. Cody Kessler actually looked pretty decent last year, so they could’ve let him start for 2-3 years and see what he had, while RGIII stuck around as a good backup. Now they go and pull this trick??
I think the details of this trade really speak to just how badly Houston wanted to get rid of Osweiler. They were willing to give up a second rounder just to get rid of him! And only a fourth rounder in return? And now look at them. They have lots of extra cap space. That means the likelihood of them getting Tony Romo just went through the roof, if Dallas ever releases as they have promised
This is a crazy decision for the Browns, even though we should be used to it by now. They’re getting a QB with a ridiculous contract who couldn’t throw to DeAndre Hopkins, who just the year before had gotten 1,500 receiving yards with four different QB’s including Brandon Weeden and Ryan Mallett and then this year couldn’t even get 1,000. I tried to defend Osweiler for as long as I could in Houston, but I was eventually forced to agree he was doing pretty awful. And he was part of an actually really good team then. Now he’s going to a 1-15 team. At this point I’m convinced the Browns and 49ers are competing to see who’s the stupidest organization.
Is there any good for the Browns out of this? Well, there’s that second round pick that they can use next year. Other than that… I got nothing. This just cannot be defended or explained. What were they thinking, indeed?