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Browns Still Discussing Trades Involving OLBs Barkevious Mingo & Paul Kruger


According to Jason La Canfora, the Browns still engaged in trade talks involving outside linebackers Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo as the deadline draws near.

However, La Canfora admits that unless the Browns are willing to eat some portion of Kruger’s contract, a deal could fall through.

La Canfora mentions that the Jets have been checking in on pass-rushers, and the Cardinals, Falcons and Panthers are all in need of pass-rushing help.


Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Browns are also looking for a third-round pick in return for former first-round pick OLB Barkevious Mingo.

Previous reports have said that Mingo is available ahead of today’s deadline along with OLB Paul Kruger. However, there hasn’t been a lot of buzz since then regarding Mingo or Kruger being dealt.

Mingo, 25, is in the third year of his four-year, $16.347 million contract that included a $10.268 million signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $585,000 this season and another $675,000 in 2016.

The Browns also have the ability to exercise his fifth-year option, but it’s unlikely they would do so, considering that they’re reportedly willing to trade him.

This season, Mingo has appeared in eight games and recorded 16 tackles, no sacks, one interception and four pass defenses.

Kruger, 29, is in the third year of his five-year, $40.5 million contract that included $20 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $7 million (2015), $6.5 million (2016), and $7 million (2017) over the remainder of the agreement.

This season, Kruger has appeared in eight games and recorded 15 tackles and a half sack for the Browns.

We’ll have more regarding a potential trade involving Kruger as the news is available.

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